the future of libraries in the digital age
The World summit of information society in Geneva 2003 and Tunis commitment 2005 declare the desire to build a people-centred and development-oriented information society, where everyone can create, access, utilise, and share information and knowledge. An information society is defined as “a type of society in which information and information access plays a central role, economically, socially and individually. The information society can be measured by exploring citizens’ access to and use of the internet, e-government, e-learning, e-health, buying and selling on-line and e-business readiness. It may be concluded from the former definitions that everyone in an information society participates in the process of handling of information as a producer or as a consumer and access to information is also available to everyone. Open content managment systems can assist in narrowing the digital divide which is still widening between developed countries and the third world countries. The term digital divide was coined in the 1990s to describe the growing gap between those who have access to and the skills to use ICT and those who have limited or no access. In other words, it is the gap between the haves and have nots, or the information rich and the information poor. Open content managment systems can assist in the transition process to an information society in many ways. Establishment of digital content and long-term preservation strategies of the information created, purchased, and harvested in a digital form along with an ICT policy framework, to highlight the priorities of providing information for health and education as well as for remote specialists and researchers, is considered a major step for the advancement of developing countries.
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