Volume 17, Number 3 March 2000
"...And you will sell us the rope"
An immense, Web-based Virtual Library is coming - and fairly soon
by Barbara Quint
QUINT'S ONLINE column discusses the creation of a Virtual Library
that will have all the features offered by traditional libraries and
a lot more. Maintains that the path to the Virtual Library puts
today's library vendors and librarians on an inevitable collision
course. Says that once the information and publishing industries
have worked through the problems of designing attractive, usable
online products, they could let the Web's entire global audience
become the community instead of groups of localities. Notes that,
for advertisers and sponsors, they can seek out the same companies
that advertised in the original print versions. Points out that to
get into a new market, vendors who sell to the library market will
have to convince users to come to them directly and this strategy
could ultimately eliminate the need for librarians or libraries.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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