The Futures of Digital Libraries: The Evolution of an Idea

  • Clifford Lynch
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6966)


The construction of digital libraries have certainly framed technological challenges, particularly with regard to various aspects of scale, and with the complexities of dealing with human languages, and indeed have given rise to substantial progress in these and other technical fields. But I believe that the greatest significance of digital libraries has been at a more profound intellectual level, inviting us to envision new kinds of environments for knowledge discovery, formulation, and dissemination; approaches to defining, managing and interacting with the cultural and intellectual record of our societies. We have repeatedly been forced to revisit questions of what constitutes a digital library, and how (indeed, even if) this differs from simply a collection of digitized or born-digital materials.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford Lynch
    • 1
  1. 1.Coalition for Networked InformationUSA

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