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Libraries and the Internet

Some think of the relationship between libraries and the Internet as a competition, and a fairly recent one at that, with search engines like Google replacing libraries. In reality, libraries have had a close relationship with the Internet that dates back nearly 50 years, long before the existence of Google or the web. This entry describes the longtime relationship between libraries and the Internet and discusses library materials available online, the Internet as a tool to provide service to patrons, institutional repositories, and ways of improving discoverability.

History

Although the World Wide Web was created in 1989, the Internet is much older and libraries have made use of it since its earliest days. In the early days of online library resources, use was limited to specific locations ...

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