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July 26, 2000

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The Library of Congress, the world's largest library, faces significant challenges in making the transition to a world with increasing amounts of digital information, says a new report from a committee of the National Academies' National Research Council. While the library has the potential to build collections and provide service in the new environment on a scale never before possible, it must act quickly to address strategy, management, funding, and staffing issues that threaten to render the institution second-rate among today's digital libraries.

James J. O'Donnell, Vice Provost, Office of Information Systems and Computing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.