Oxford Digital Library (ODL) is a key-component of the e-strategy
of the Bodleian Libraries. It has been established
to create the intellectual framework and to develop the technical
infrastructure for an enhanced service, providing online access
to the vast scholarly library collections of the University.
ODL will have a major role in co-ordinating and stimulating
digitization activities in the University.
tasks of the Oxford Digital Library include:
to digital resources
central digital conversion of library holdings
and setting standards for ODL digital resources
robust and sustainable online access for digital resources
a critical mass of high quality digital materials from the
University’s collections to serve scholarship, teaching,
and learning by assisting scholars and students from the
University and elsewhere in the pursuance of their work
the Development Fund to promote
the creation of digital content
scholarly and library activities in fundraising for further
advice and consultancy services for digitisation projects
will play a key role in the development of the hybrid library
which comprises the whole range of library materials in print,
micro and electronic form (both genuine electronic and digital
converted). Equally it will promote Oxford's digital library
collections throughout the world supporting the international
reputation of the University of Oxford and maintaining and developing
Oxford Digital Library started operationally as a new unit of the then
Oxford University Library Services in July 2001 with the appointment
of the first Head of Oxford Digital Library.
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