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Purpose – The purpose of this present paper is to evaluate the features and implementation of the digital library software in university libraries located in Punjab, Pakistan.
The present study aimed to examine the usability of digital Library Software among university libraries in Punjab, Pakistan. The objective of the study was to find out the digital library systems in terms of software implemented and their useful features that would be helpful for library users to select the right software. In order to accomplish the research objectives, a self-reported questionnaire was constructed after reviewing the literature and with the help of experts.
Design/methodology/approach - This study was descriptive research carried out by using the survey design in 2020-2021. The purposive sampling method was adopted to select the participants. Data were collected from digital librarians by using the online Google Form. In this study, HEC recognized universities were selected in which 38 public sectors and 24 private sectors.
Findings – This research revealed interesting results about the implementation and features of the DLS. Male professionals perform better at digital software as compared to female professionals. Finding also depicted that D-space and E-print are heavily used worldwide to build digital storehouses instead of fedora.
Originality/value – This is the first comparative study about features and implementation of DLS in HEC recognized universities in Punjab, Pakistan. This study will allow institutions, universities, and organizational libraries to move from traditional library systems to modern digital library systems due to the useful features reported by the participants. It will help to select a better software system to implement in their libraries.
Keywords - Digital Library Software, Features of digital library software, D-space, e-prints, Greenstone, Fedora.