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digital library

Broader Term: 

n. ~ 1. A collection of information resources in electronic format. - 2. A service that uses information technology to provide services similar to traditional libraries, including selection and acquisition, cataloging, reference, and preservation, to provide access to information in electronic format.


'Digital library' carries the connotation of information made accessible to a general audience over the Internet.

(D Levy 2000) As many observers have pointed out, the term 'digital library' means different things to different people. For librarians, the word 'library' conjures up an institution that manages one or more collections. For computer scientists, the institutional aspect plays a minor role, if any. Instead, this group is more likely to focus on the collections themselves – digital collections – and on the enabling technologies through which these collections are built and searched.