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Author: Joel Richard

Joel Richard is the head of Web Services for the Smithsonian Libraries and the Technical Coordinator for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Creating a Digital Library

Cover of From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. 1874.

Now that our new website is up and running, we are planning the next phase of its development by deciding what features should and should not be part of the Digital Library. In any well-designed (web) project, there are hours and hours of planning and writing and discussing what the website will and will not do and this is an expected part of the process.

However, at the outset of our discussions, we had to discuss a the single most important part of the project: What is a digital library?