Digital libraries are libraries that contain digital documents. A digital library “utilizes a wide variety of connected software, technologies and standards to support community access to digital resources and data”, and is responsible for preserving and ensuring access to documents easy and convenient. Digital library access is affected by many factors, most commonly the library’s content, characteristics and information needs of the user audience, the interface, the library’s organization’s goals, and rules and regulations that govern the operation of the library.
One of the most important things a digital library manager should consider is the need for long-term resource access. Two issues to keep in mind include corrupted data and outdated formatting. Data can be lost or unusable if something goes wrong, such as a scratched CD. An outdated format is when a digital format has been replaced by new technologies, rendering data in the old format useless. Error handling is a passive process, as opposed to an outdated format that requires active preparation in advance.