Digital library policy includes several areas:
- International cooperation. Many antiquities, national libraries and muchtelevision content are government-owned. Will governments share their materialswith others? Can the world's nations cooperate to build a worldwide digitallibrary?
- Government vs. private funding. How will digital libraries be funded?
- National priorities. Are digital libraries national priorities to beregarded as fundamental infrastructure such as roads, or must they compete withother projects for funds?
- Allocation of resources. Which works will be digitized first? Shouldpriority be given to items that are decaying? How are budgets to be dividedbetween software/hardware and research/development?
- Librarianship. How will educational programs for digital librariansdevelop?
- Copyright laws and conventions. Are the laws of various countries conduciveto digital exchange of information? Can content holders prevent the use ofmaterials in a digital age?
Published: February 1999; WTECHyper-Librarian