Oxford Digital Library

Background Information

The 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.

Main tasks of the Oxford Digital Library include:

  • Access to digital resources
  • The central digital conversion of library holdings
  • Developing and setting standards for ODL digital resources
  • Providing robust and sustainable online access for digital resources
  • Building 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
  • Administering the Development Fund to promote the creation of digital content
  • Supporting scholarly and library activities in fundraising for further digitisation activities
  • Providing advice and consultancy services for digitisation projects

ODL 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 its excellence.

The 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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