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Webs That Link Libraries, Librarians, and Information: Evolving Technical Standards for a Networking Age

WithJulia C. Blixrud

A strong, but flexible infrastructure is fundamental to the process of building the library information delivery systems that will support scholarly communications in the future. Technical standards are an integral part of our current information infrastructure and must be a part of our future field of dreams. Like a web, standards provide support and flexibility. Like a grid, standards can provide structure, links, and direction. Technical standards are also a good way to level the playing field among participating groups.