While thinking about the connections between library research and service today, I came across “Digital Library Research and Digital Library Practice: How do they inform each other?” by Saracevic and Dalbello. It’s a qualitative study looking at the “visible” or expressed relationships between digital library projects and research projects. According to their research, there has been either a real disconnect between digital libraries and research or a lack of expression of the connection between these projects. The PDF is available through open access E-LIS. I noticed that E-LIS provides a handy service to users, saving their time (Ranganathan’s fourth!), by providing links to references. It looks like they either link directly to the article (like D-Lib) or to Google Scholar. A resource mentioned in the paper is D-Lib’s monthly “Featured Collections” that showcases particular digital collections and libraries.

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