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Digital Libraries


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Selected Digital Library Progams

The Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) ( is a distributed digital library with collections of georeferenced materials.

California Digital Library (, one of the world's largest digital libraries, supports the assembly and creative use of the world's scholarship and knowledge for the UC libraries and the communities they serve.

Digital Libraries Initiative, Phase 2 (DLI2) ( is a National Sciences Foundation program to fund an extensive list of projects (

The Internet Archive ( is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. It provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

National Sciences Digital Library (NSDL) ( is a comprehensive source for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education from the pre-kindergarten to the post-doctoral levels. Educators from more than 100 institutions of learning are working on projects that will create new portals, incorporate other libraries, increase the accessibility of information, and build new interactive learning environments.

The Perseus Project ( is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the humanities. It is best known for its collection of materials on Greek and Roman culture.

WorldCat (, sponsored by the Online Computer Library Center (see below), is the worlds most comprehensive bibliographic database with bibliographic records and holding information contributed by more than 8,500 libraries around the world. The Open WorldCat Program ( makes the records of members' library collections searchable on Internet.



Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ( is a non-profit membership organization of research libraries (currently 123 in number), operating as a forum for exchanging ideas.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) ( promotes networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members.

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) ( is a consortium of libraries and related entities that is pioneering the use of information technologies to extend collections and services.

Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) ( supports the WorldCat bibliographic system (see above).

Useful Websites

Ariadne ( is an on-line magazine with the goal to report on information service developments and information networking issues about digital library initiatives.

The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE ( builds digital collections ( and services while providing information and support to digital library developers worldwide.

Council on Library and Information Resources ( provides publications, projects, and programs to maintain and improve access to information and support the providers and preservers of information.

Current Cites ( is an annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology.

D-Lib Magazine ( is a solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development.

The Getty Research Institute has numerous research library resources ( including information on data standards, including archives and metadata ( ( is the effort of library and computer professionals to provide information to working library and information science professionals, teachers and students. It has a comprehensive list of digital libraries and digital library resources (

Information Technology and Libraries ( publishes material about libraries and information technology.

Internet Library For Librarians ( is a portal designed for librarians to locate internet resources related to their profession.

Kepler ( is a source of digital library tools for individuals and communities.

The National Information Standards Institute (NISO) (http://www. is a non-profit association that identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage digital information, including data retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation.

Open Source Software and Libraries Bibliography ( compiled by Brenda Chawner, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, as part of her Ph.D. studies.

The Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project ( has a mission to design and implement the infrastructure and services needed for collaboratively creating, disseminating, sharing and managing information in a digital library context.

UC eScholarship Repository ( is a service of the of the California Digital Library. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual researchers at the University of California. (All)

The UC Berkeley Digital Library Project ( is developing the tools to develop and make available modern library collections. The collections ( of the project were assembled originally to provide a testbed for computer science research but have taken on a life of their own.


Tennant, Roy, Open Source Goes Mainstream, ( Library Journal, August 15, 2003

Dr. James E. Burke is a Principal in Burke Technology Services (BTS). BTS provides business assistance to startup technology companies, or organizations planning or integrating new technologies; develops and manages technology projects; performs technology evaluation and commercialization, and assists in technology-based economic development.

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