The library as an institution has contributed to the advancement of the civilization by acquiring, preserving and organizing the wealth of knowledge over the centuries. Most of those documents were in the paper-based medium. However, apart from the print material the libraryis now required to store and manage the ‘born’ digital documents to serve the modern patrons. To provide an integrated service it is becoming imperative for the library to convert the print and non-print material in its collection into the digital form within the provisions of the copyright laws of the country.This type of retro-conversion project is considered essential to modernize the library and transform it in a digital repository form.
To that end the software-driven Lib-DOER system is designed to help the library to produce, organize and process the digitized records pertaining documents that are originally produced in the traditional print, microfilm or audio-visual forms. It further helps addressing variety of needs of the academicians, specialist researchers, administration and community at large.
In that sense operations of Lib-DOER go beyond mere scanning or electronic Xeroxing for preservation of documents in digital form. It performs value addition to the documents without distorting the contents. Retrieval of the relevant document in part or full corresponding to a given query is wholly supported due to which users are well served. This is made possible by organizing the digital database of the library employing the standard tools of the library and information science incorporating indexing, classification and in-depth search strategies.
This end-to-end Lib-DOER system can be easily customized and thereby serve all types of libraries namely, academic, special, research, corporate and public library.To operate and deliver in the emerging digital environment is thus facilitated for the library. A range of options is available for implementing Lib-DOER in practice and a suitable model can be designed as per the library’s specifications to address its current operations and future goals.