Accessibility of Cultural Heritage in the Virtual Environment of Latvia Memory Institutions
Līga Krūmiņa
University of Latvia
Published 2014-12-22


electronic service
digital collection
memory institution

How to Cite

Krūmiņa L. (2014) “Accessibility of Cultural Heritage in the Virtual Environment of Latvia Memory Institutions”, Bibliotheca Lituana, 30, pp. 196-208. doi: 10.15388/BiblLita.2014.3.15572.


The aim of research is to evaluate the level of e-service provision in digital collections created by memory institutions (libraries and archives) of Latvia. The problem under study is as follows: digital collections have insufficient usability due to lack of appropriate e-services. The empirical basis for research is e-services of digital collections created by national and regional level libraries, as well as the National Archives of Latvia. The evaluation of e-services is based on 14 indicators within 7 categories: visibility, search, reference, personalization, user participation, instructions, and document delivery. The analysis reveals that the level of eservice development is quite low (only satisfactory): e-services have low visibility, three indicators in personalization category are represented incompletely, and the category of user participation has the lowest rate.

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