Educational Digital Libraries on the Verge: Introduction to the special issue
International Journal of Digital Libraries
Emerging distributed socio-technical infrastructures, as embodied by digital libraries, are transforming (and even disrupting) traditional work practices. As a result, research about the design, development, implementation, and impact of digital libraries are of interest across a wide variety of fields. In this regard, education is no exception. Indeed, it could be argued that the study of educational digital libraries is at a particularly critical juncture, as they hold tremendous potential for democratizing access to learning. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimated that in 2007, over 150 million people would pursue higher education. As the Internet becomes accessible to more people through mobile devices that exploit a range of connectivity technologies, digital libraries have the potential to help reduce significant barriers to education by offering broad access to abundant, high-quality (and often free) online resources for learning and teaching.
Cassell, L., Hosted, S., & Recker, M. (2008). Educational Digital Libraries on the Verge. International Journal of Digital Libraries, 9(1), 1-2.