On the Disappearance of the Library
Author: Torsten Schaßan, University of Cologne, Germany
Digital repositories of various types of material will change the role of the library in the process of information dissemination. The creation of distributed digital resources, which are virtually constructed from holdings existing at different institutions, will lead to an ever increasing interoperability of library resources. Different types of institutional roles in the provision of information for the cultural heritage sector result from this. It may, but need not longer, be combined within one institutional framework, can also lead to completely new institutional specializations however.
About the author
The author is responsible for the digitization project CEEC (Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis, which for the first time provides an entire collection of medieval manuscripts as digital library online. At the chair of "Humanities Computing" at the University of Cologne this project is only one of several digitization and digital libraries projects which include digital archives, libraries and museums.
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