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ERIC Number: EJ875918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
A Phenomenological Study of an Emergent National Digital Library, Part I: Theory and Methodological Framework
Dalbello, Marija
Library Quarterly, v75 n4 p391-420 Oct 2005
The activities surrounding the National Digital Library Program (NDLP) at the Library of Congress (1995-2000) are used to study institutional processes associated with technological innovation in the library context. The study identified modalities of successful innovation and the characteristics of creative decision making. Theories of social change and organizational rationality and the social construction of technology (SCOT) approaches provided the theoretical basis for this study. The underlying design for a phenomenological approach is discussed, together with the method for constructing a descriptive narrative that synthesizes the phenomenon under study (an emergent national digital library program). Theory, methodology, data collection, and the summary of findings, with implications for practice, are presented here. The accompanying article, Part II, presents qualitative data and the application of the interpretive phenomenological framework, documenting the variability of the innovators' perspectives about this formative event.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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