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Planning the electronic library – suggested guidelines for the Arabian Gulf region

M. Saleh Ashoor (M. Saleh Ashoor is a Professor of Library and Information Science in the Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies, and former Dean of Library Affairs at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Describes the various technological and social requirements for planning the electronic library. These requirements include the LAN and the client‐server architecture, facilities for storage and access, facilities for archiving digital information, establishing priorities in building the network information resources, introducing the necessary changes in library organization and services, and providing a comprehensive user training program. A literature review outlines the advantages of the electronic library over the traditional library, and highlights the contributions of the US Federal agencies and private foundations in advancing the electronic library through funding digital research projects. Suggests guidelines for building the electronic library in the Arabian Gulf region and concludes with recommendations for the Arabian Gulf libraries to take advantage of the availability of the information networking technology in creating their electronic libraries.



Saleh Ashoor, M. (2000), "Planning the electronic library – suggested guidelines for the Arabian Gulf region", The Electronic Library, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 29-39.




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