Digital library to open databases
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 04, 2000
Connecticut has sent out a request for proposals to create a digital library
for the state's residents.
Citizens will be able to view information through a single Internet
access point, to be called the Connecticut Digital Library, according to
Bill Sullivan, spokesman for the Connecticut State Library.
"We're trying to make available commercial, full-text databases to every
citizen in the state," Sullivan said.
About 1,800 libraries, universities, elementary and high schools, hospitals,
historical societies, museums and state government agencies will have access
to the digital library. The databases will include general interest, general
academic, business, and consumer health information.
Sullivan said that because databases are expensive, many smaller public
libraries are unable to afford them, even at discounted rates. With the
statewide purchase of the database and with information consolidated into
one access point, he said it also could save money for state agencies.
Gov. John Rowland signed legislation several months ago allocating $2
million for the project.