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Tuesday, July 15, 2003

David Seaman, Deep Sharing: A Case for The Federated Digital Library, EduCause Review, July/August 2003. Excerpt: "Libraries are collaborative by nature --we freely share expertise, staff, ideas, and information about holdings for our collective good. Shared cataloging is a striking example: a cataloguer in one library creates a record about a book to share in a central database rather than in his or her local system, and all others who contribute to the collaborative can download that bibliographic record into their local systems rather than re-creating it at innumerable institutions. Librarians are talking about extending such interdependence and 'deep sharing' to digital content by creating a Distributed Online Digital Library (DODL), which would depart from the status quo in terms of function, service, reuse of content, and library interdependency."