The challenge of integrated access: the hybrid library system of the future.
VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Hybrid Libraries
Director, Web Services, National Library of Australia
Assistant Directory General, Information Technology Division, National Library of Australia
Tony BostonDirector, Digital Services Project, National Library of Australia
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In this paper we discuss the role of the OPAC as a hybrid library service and of the catalogue server as a provider element in a hybrid information environment. We identify developments required in the search and retrieval capabilities of the catalogue server to operate effectively in such an environment. We look under the hybrid library bonnet at the functions and metadata needed for management of online and physical collections. Lastly, we look at the architecture needing to be supported by library systems for storage and delivery of digital collections in a hybrid information environment.