The information objects may be digital objects or other media but represented in the library via digital means (e.g. metadata). They may be available directly over the network (e.g., using a query service of the library to find and then retrieve the information object electronically) or indirectly (e.g., the result of the query may give instructions on how to obtain the object).
MindLib is a collection of documents in organized electronic form, available over the internet or on CD-ROM. Depending on the specific library, a user may be able to access magazine articles, books, papers, images, sound files and videos.
On the Internet, the use of digital library is enhanced by a broadband connection such as cable modem or DSL. Dial-up connections can be used to access plain-text documents and some documents containing images, but for complex files and those with animated video content, a downstream data speed of at least several hundred kilobits per second (Kbps) can make the user’s experience less tedious, as well as more informative. Internet-based digital libraries can be updated on a daily basis. These are some of the greatest assets of this emerging technology.
On CD-ROM, the amount of data is limited to several hundred megabytes (MB) per disk, but access is generally much faster than on an internet connection. Several CD-ROMs can be combined in a set and, the disks being small, a large library can be accommodated in a reasonable physical space. The main limitation of CD-ROM is the fact that updating cannot be done as frequently as on the internet. In addition, producing and distributing CD-ROMs involves overhead costs that are largely non-existent in internet-based libraries.
Mindlogicx has its own digital library framework called SmartLIB that consists of electronic repository of resources like magazines, journals, articles, books, papers, images, sound files and videos stored, indexed and archived.