Resources for education in digital libraries
Tefko Saracevic, Ph.D.

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"Gateway to Quality Educational Resources." International in scope. Includes great many academically oriented links, many not covered by other search engines. Bartleby Library - Great Books Online "The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the Web, free of charge. Our ever-expanding list of great books—currently thousands of works by hundreds of authors—meets the needs of students, researchers, and pleasure readers alike and forms the preeminent electronic publishing enterprise of the twenty-first century." A great site for original literature. Library of Congress Provides entrance to the catalog and a number of collections, projects and a large directory of links. Among them are:

American Memory: Historical Collection for the National Digital Library

American Memory is the online resource compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. With the participation of other libraries and archives, the program provides a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. Now over 90 collections are online. Library and Informations Science Resources A rich directory of links to state and national libraries, and great many other library resources. The Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) Project involving several institutions. " ... delivering answers to your desktop now, when you need them." "CDRS will provide professional reference service to researchers any time anywhere, through an international, digital network of libraries and related institutions."
Los Angeles Public Library Example of a digital library for & about children. Great fun!

National Geographic Online

Example of a magazine turned into a digital libray of rich sources, much more than in the printed version. Excelent section for use in education. Galeries - like one on tatoos.

The New York Public Library - Digital Library Collection

A rich site mostly concentrating on digitized special collections of texts and images. Among others, includes 'finding aids,' which are guides to archival and manuscript collections; a set of photograph collections; and access to cooperative collections such as Marriage, Women, and the Law, 1815-1914. Rutgers libraries A long term strategic plan for development of a digital library (also on the site). Various electronic sources & numerous links. Includes information guides and sources for various fields; e.g. for sources in library and information science go to:Subject Research Guides; Social Sciences & Law; Library & Information Science. Tuffts University - The Perseus Digital Library "Perseus is an evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language." A most remarkable collection of sources dealing with culture from antiquity to English renaissance to some pioneering American sources. United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) NLM is the world’s largest medical library and online system. Includes MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus, and links to numerous other health-related resources, including to research programs for computational biology and medical informatics. University of California, Berkeley Maintained by the University of California and Sun MicroSystems. Renowned for its wealth of digitized collections, its breadth of information and aides for the digital library designer.

Also contains Libweb,, a directory of library servers on the Web "currently listing over 4,000 pages from libraries from over 100 countries." Excellent entry for finding other libraries on the Web.

University of California Digital Library Digital library for the nine universities in the University of California system. University of Michigan: Internet Public Library Started at Michigan Library School. Has a service Ask a Question at the IPL Reference Center- answered by students, librarians etc. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Ibiblio the Public's Library and Digital Archive Constructed and maintained by collaboration of Center for Public Domain and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. "Welcome to - the Public's Library - home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet. ibiblio is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies." International sample

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - National Library of France

Includes a version in English. In addition to catalogues, includes a number of virtual exhibitions (such as on short photographic poems), Gallica digital library, and cultural events.

Cambridge University Library, U.K.

A number of interesting and rare collections such as: images of a verse on the life of King Edward the Confessor (written probably in the later 1230s or early 1240s). and the "Taylor-Schecter Genizah Research Units." (Taylor and Schecter are two scholars who added significant discovery contributions to the collection of rare Judaica and Hebrew documents). The networked electronic services supported by the library include references to books, articles, dissertations, reports, and electronic journals.

Die Deutsche Bibliothek - National Library of Germany

Includes a version in English. Catalogs and databases in a number of national collections and in museums. Not very impresive in comparison to Library of Congress digital presence.

Oxford University, U.K. - Bodley Library,

Bodley (one of the most prestigious academic library in the world) has developed a site of digital resources, images, and full-text journals dating back from the 16th century. Among others, content includes CJK allegro Catalogues, the Internet library of early journals covering journals of 18th and 19th century, Bodley Library Broadside Ballads Projects with 30,000 ballads of which the original printed materials range from the 16th to the 20th century, an Image Catalogue, and many other resources. Strathclyde University, U.K. - Centre for Digital Library Research - BUBL Information Service "A national information service for the higher education community." A rich site including among others, access to over 200 journals, a catalogue of 12,000 selected Internet resources organized by subject, links to collection development tools, and more.

The New Zealand Digital Library

Includes several demonstration collections—computer science technical reports and bibliographies, literary works, humanitarian and development information, magazines, newspaper links from throughout the world etc. It also provides digital library software that they developed free of charge. Toronto Public Library - Canada A good example of public library efforts. Virtual Library - Switzerland, US, UK & other countries "The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn’t the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web." Yes, this is an accurate statement!
last update 28 Oct 2002 Tefko Saracevic