Library Named To The Digital Library Federation
Dec. 2, 1999 -- The University of Virginia
Library, nationally recognized as being at the forefront of providing
digital collections and services, was recently invited to join the
Digital Library Federation (DLF). The federation is a consortium
of select research institutions with a common goal to create, maintain,
expand, and preserve a distributed collection of digital materials
accessible to scholars and to the wider public.
in 1995, The DLF operates under the umbrella of the Council on Library
and Information Resources (CLIR), an organization that works in
partnership with libraries, archives, and other information providers
to advocate collaborative approaches to preserving the nations
Marcum, president of the CLIR, said that "from the earliest
days of the Digital Library Federation, we identified the University
of Virginia as an institution doing important digital library work.
We very much wanted U.Va. to join us because we recognize the leadership
role the institution has played in setting the standards for digital
collections. We are delighted to welcome U.Va. as the newest member
of the federation." Founding members of the consortium include university
libraries at California-Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Emory, Harvard,
Michigan, Penn State, Princeton, Southern California, Stanford and
U.Va. Library was selected because of its strength as a developer
and supplier of digital information, she said. The breadth of the
U.Va. Librarys digital collections is among the most extensive
of any research library in the country, benefiting from an intensive
program of building collections of electronic texts, digital images,
sounds, videos, and geospatial and social science data. The rate
of growth of digital material at U.Va. shows an impressive doubling
every two years.
U.Va. Library operates a variety of digital centers to which students,
faculty, and scholars from around the world can visit either in
person or via their computers. One of these digital centers, the
Electronic Text Center, was the first of its kind when it opened
in 1992 and is now a model for similar efforts throughout the country.
It provides 45,000 humanities-related texts and images on the Internet.
The texts are primarily in English, but also include materials in
French, German, Latin and other European languages, as well as in
Japanese and Chinese. Both the Electronic Text Center and the librarys
online catalog register more than one million uses per month from
around the world.
believe that the direction in which the DLF appears to be moving
is a good match for the history of our digital programs and our
current goals," University Librarian Karin Wittenborg said.
"We are prepared to be active in such areas as standards and
best practices development, digital collection development, and
in research and development of digital library architectures."
the next five years the U.Va. Library will seek to accelerate its
efforts to build the large-scale collections of digital resources
that are needed by a top-ranked university, taking care to provide
the widest access possible, she said. The electronic text collections
already double every two years, and with continuation of that trend,
the library expects to add 45,000 electronic texts in the next two
years. The library plans to expand its current collection of 13,000
digital images to approximately 500,000 images. In addition, the
library will coordinate its efforts with other institutions within
the state and around the world to ensure access to the broadest
array of digital resources
more information about the Digital Library at the University of
Virginia, contact Thornton Staples, director of Digital Library
Research and Development, at (804) 924-3975.
Melissa Norris, (804) 924-4254