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Purpose – The paper identifies awareness among library and Information professionals (LISPs) on Semantic and Social technologies in digital library in Special Library and Information Centers (SLICs) of Delhi NCR (National Capital Region), India, and examine whether the existing semantic web technologies are capable of addressing the problems and concerns of Digital Library Systems in tune with the needs of the intended users and/or beneficiaries.
Design/Methodology/Approach – As part of the survey of the special libraries in NCR of Delhi, the questionnaires and personal visit were made to 48 libraries (spread over 16 categories) to collect the primary data. The requisite data of 48 special libraries, were collected, collated and analyzed accordingly.
Findings - The study has made clear that library and information professionals of SLICs have a fair knowledge of semantic and social solutions for the digital libraries. There are a lot of semantic and social features available in the digital libraries and there is an urgent need to increase its familiarity and use among LISPs. The study also, revealed that a couple of impediments that prevents the effective use and implementations of semantic and social features of the digital library features of the semantic digital library.
Practical implications- The study hopefully has given to an understanding the semantic solutions for the digital libraries based on semantic web technologies and results of the study can be accepted as a pointer for further experiment and training to improve these features of DLs to a new height.
Originality/value - The present study looks at awareness of semantic and social solutions for the digital library in different large scientific and special libraries of repute in Delhi and NCR is a comprehensive study which provides a subject of paramount significance and interest not only to LIS professionals, but also to web-technocrats and digital librarians in particular.
Keywords – Semantic Web, Semantic Digital Library, Digital Library, Social Semantic Digital Library
Paper type - Case study