Workshop on Digital Libraries, 14 –18 December 2002, Khartoum, Sudan, by Sudan British Council with collaboration with Documentation and Information Centre of National Centre for Research and Sudatel Training Centre: THE IMPACT OF NCR-DIC READINESS IN REALIZING SUDAN DIGITAL LIBRARY / By Rafaa Ashmallah Ghobrial||
It is concluded NCR-DIC Sudan collection should lay the cornerstone for a national digital library. A contract with publishers has to be signed which provides access to electronic publications in the library, but not extended access. The national digital library, like a traditional library, will consist of collections and a readiness to serve, either centrally in the NCR-DIC through establishing the new multimedia reading room, which will be managed for this issue or, later, across the entire country, linked by a network. This will require NCR-DIC to collaborate with other libraries to develop new co-operative cataloguing processes with a digital database to promote greater accessibility.
In summary, only through co-operation between research institutions and libraries will it be possible and affordable to achieve this national task. This means a joint venture in which available skilled personnel; and facilities and financial resources are fully utilized. Having a digital collection available on an electronic network means an enormous expansion of the services, which libraries can offer. Now an new era is beginning, in which it will be possible to make the entire collection accessible everywhere. However, this development comes at some cost. It is clear that NCR-DIC cannot pay for these tasks from its existing budgets. So UN organizations, professional associations and assistance foundations are called upon to make appropriate funding available so that information may remain affordable.