Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1999

Degree Name

Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communication - (M.S.)


Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Nancy Coppola

Second Advisor

Norbert Elliot

Third Advisor

Richard T. Sweeney


Students could become aggressive users of digital libraries and electronically distributed information. This paper shall give background of digital libraries in general and of New Jersey's Virtual Academic Library Environment, VALE, specifically. It shall emphasize research into the dynamics of user and organizational aspects of VALE member organization performance in framing a direction of libraries in the state for years to come. Does the academic libraries of VALE focus on value added to information resources in the academic arena or are the potential users their primary focus?