Next Generation Digital Libraries
VALA 2002 PLENARY 1: Daniel Greenstein
Digital Library Federation, Washington, D.C., USA
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The article traces the development of digital libraries and asks what is next for a suite of activities (or is it in an organizational form?) that is fundamentally important to the future of research, learning, and cultural engagement. It focuses largely on the experience of leading US research libraries as a spring-board to two discussions: about key challenges that digital libraries more generally may confront in the next few years, and about how national cultural, legal, and funding regimes may influence the digital library's history and its future course.