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The End of Wisdom? by David Baker, Wendy Evans

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Chapter 20

A Cooperative Model for a National Digital Library

Bas Savenije     Independent Adviser, The Netherlands

Abstract

While the Internet is providing an ever-increasing amount of information, readers are in need of a selection which takes into account the quality of the information. An important aspect of the information is the reliability of the source involved and (at least in many cases) its independency. This is a role to be provided by digital libraries. Essential values of the library sector are its reliability, independence, accessibility, pluriformity and authenticity. This role, by definition, cannot be taken over by the market.

To organise this on a national scale, one is confronted with a serious obstacle: the library sector, financed ...

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