This paper argues that the advent of Internet and library resources online could be beneficial to universities in developing countries if challenges are carefully analyzed and addressed. International education in this context refers to academic activities around the world, with a special emphasis on developing countries. Academic activities are dependant on libraries. The traditional library refers to physical buildings and books in a physical location. Things are no longer quite the same in the Digital Age. Library resources are becoming largely digital resources. Some materials are born digital, other are digitized. With the Internet, these resources are potentially available to anybody any where in the world with access to the Internet. Mass digitization of documents by academic, government and corporate entities continue to increase the volume of digital resources available through digital means. Consequently, users no longer need to physically go to a library - in order to have access to library materials. On the other hand, it is a known fact that academic institutions in developing countries are under-equipped in terms of library resources. For this reason, Internet and mass digitization of library materials in developed countries represent an opportunity to ensure resources for needy institutions in developing countries. The first and second parts of the paper present the methodology and some background information on the issue. The third part discusses opportunities and challenges that could prevent access to digital resources available online, such as computing equipment, Internet access, resources’ access rights, copyright issues, etc. The fourth and final part of the paper suggests ways to overcome these challenges in order to allow academic institutions in developing countries to have access to much needed library resources available online.
|Keywords:||Digital Libraries, International Education, International Development, Developing Countries|
Head of LIbrary and Academic Technology, Governors State University Library, Governors State University, Tinley Park, Illinois, USA
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