Sustainability of Digital Libraries: A Conceptual Model

  • Gobinda G. Chowdhury
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8092)


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.


digital libraries sustainability social sustainability economic sustainability environmental sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gobinda G. Chowdhury
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  1. 1.Centre for Information and Knowledge ManagementUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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