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
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)"
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