A paper presented by Judith Pearce, Director Web Services Branch; Warwick Cathro, Assistant Director General, Information Technology Division; and Tony Boston, Director Digital Services Project at VALA 2000 – 10th VALA Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria, 16 – 18 February, 2000

In this paper we discuss the role of the OPAC as a hybrid library service and of the catalogue server as a provider element in a hybrid information environment. We identify developments required in the search and retrieval capabilities of the catalogue server to operate effectively in such an environment. We look under the hybrid library bonnet at the functions and metadata needed for management of online and physical collections. Lastly, we look at the architecture needing to be supported by library systems for storage and delivery of digital collections in a hybrid information environment.

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