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About 20 years ago, when the use of computers in libraries was first introduced, computers were used to create an automated catalogue and to assist in administrative services, like circulation, serials administration, and acquisition. Bibliographies, books, and journals were printed on paper. Computers provided secondary information about these items. Wageningen Agricultural Library/PUDOC-DLO serves more than 70 Dutch libraries with substantial collections on agriculture with this kind of automation, using its AGRALIN system. Nowadays, the information available to the library public is no longer only in print. All major bibliographic journals are published on CD-ROM. Some books are also published on CD-ROM and some large journal publishers are providing their journals electronically as well. These traditional publishing vehicles are becoming supplemented with new electronic publication forms like web-sites and online factual databases Wageningen Agricultural University Library/PUDOC-DLO is trying to bring this information to the user in two ways. As a Library, we will create The Desktop Library, where the user can consult the traditional catalogue, but at the same time can consult electronic bibliographies, view journal articles, consult web-pages, and factual databases. The objective is to create a common interface, using a common way of subject classification. All relative links between catalogue, bibliography, full text article, related web-sites and facts would then be available. As a former publisher of printed books and journals, we provide electronic publishing facilities to researchers and organizations in the field of agriculture. This has already resulted in several publications on CD-ROM and the Web. In this paper and presentation we will try to demonstrate the way we think a desktop library should work and to show you some of our electronic publications.
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