21.3. Digital Libraries

The Internet and the World Wide Web are two of the principal building blocks that are used in the development of digital libraries. The Web and its associated technology have been crucial to the rapid growth of digital libraries.

21.3.1. Introduction to Digital Libraries

This is a fascinating period in the history of libraries and publishing. For the first time, it is possible to build large-scale services where collections of information are stored in digital formats and retrieved over networks. The materials are stored on computers. A network connects the computers to personal computers on the users’ desks. In a completely digital library, nothing need ever reach paper. Digital libraries bring together facets of many ...

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