What's Become of the Digital Library?


Over the past few years we have heard a great deal of hype and speculation about digital libraries and how they might supplant existing library organizations in educational institutions. Reality has proven to be much more complex, involving the transformation of academic libraries and the emergence of commercial and not-for-profit organizations. This presentation, which is oriented to academic information technologists, administrators, and faculty rather than specialists in digital libraries and networked information technologies, will chart the developments that have brought us to the present, assess the potential roles and implications of digital libraries and networked information resources, and speculate about the near-term future.

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