Sustainability of digital libraries: a conceptual model

Gobinda G. Chowdhury*

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Major factors related to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of digital libraries have been discussed. Some research in digital information systems and services in general, and digital libraries in particular, have been discussed to illustrate different issues of sustainability. Based on these discussions the paper, for the first time, proposes a conceptual model and a theoretical research framework for sustainable digital libraries. It shows that the sustainable business models to support digital libraries should also support equitable access supported by specific design and usability guidelines that facilitate easier, better and cheaper access, support the personal, institutional and social culture of users, and at the same time conform with the policy and regulatory frameworks of the respective regions, countries and institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013, Proceedings
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783642405006
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2013
EventInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013 - Valletta, Malta
Duration: 22 Sept 201326 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8092 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013


  • digital libraries
  • economic sustainability
  • environmental sustainability
  • social sustainability
  • sustainability


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