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Digital Libraries are emerging electronic entities Digital Libraries are becoming important information resources The Digital Libraries concept is appealing because its inherent design combines end-user needs with technology that has the ability to handle vast amounts of complex data Perhaps most importantly the Digital Libraries concept has longevity because it provides important services for a society that is identified as being in the process of profound social change including movement towards a knowledge society and the appearance of a weightless economy1 Validation of the Digital Libraries concept includes the fact that Digital Libraries are being established throughout the country often as distributed environments operating under the auspices of universities and state designated agencies Internationally Digital Libraries are also being established including UNESCOs Memory of the World which has the express purpose of protecting endangered cultural materials2 The information services provided by Digital Libraries demonstrate a potential for uses that extend far beyond being a showcase for technological marvels In fact the concept of digital libraries is a phenomenon that includes the following two complementary ideas I the technologies used for creating searching and using information in the electronic environment and II the human aspects of information seeking and creation among the community of users3 As such digital libraries can be viewed as extensions and augmentations of traditional libraries by extending the resources and services that can be offered and augmenting how people can seek and express information4 Clearly Digital Libraries are becoming an important element in the information cycle and it seems they should also be considered a dynamic and essential component of library and information science professionals 2 What is a Digital Library The idea of easy and finger-tip access to information- what we conceptualize as digital libraries today -begins with Vannenar Bushs Memex machine and has continued to evolve with each advance in information technology5 What is a digital library There is confusion surrounding this phrase which is stemming from the following three
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