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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 49, November 26, 2000, Article 4

LIBRARIES LINK COLLECTIONS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS 

   Newsscan Daily reports: "An international consortium of public 
   and private libraries is developing a free online reference service 
   that will direct queries to the appropriate reference specialist or 
   research collection around the world. "We know the quality of 
   information we have in libraries, and we want to bring that to 
   the Internet," says Donna Dinberg, systems librarian at the 
   National Library of Canada, one of the charter members of the 
   Comprehensive Digital Reference Service. "We also know the 
   chaos online," she adds, referring to the sometimes muddled 
   search results produced by online services such as Yahoo! or 
   AskJeeves. 

   Among the members of the network are the Library of 
   Congress, which is coordinating the effort, Yale and Harvard 
   universities, the National Gallery of Art and the National Library 
   of Australia.  Specialty collections, such as the one at Duke 
   University Divinity School, are included as well.  The consortium 
   is currently concentrated on English, but plans to be able to 
   handle up to 20 languages eventually. (Hollywood Reporter 
   20 Nov 2000)"    See http://www.newsscan.com/ to 
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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