What are digital libraries? Are they more accessible than traditional libraries? Is there still a need for physical books and journals — and new library buildings?

These and related questions will be addressed in a national satellite broadcast produced at 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 16, in FSHN T-101. The WSU community is invited to be part of the studio audience, which must be seated by 10:15 a.m.

“Digital Libraries” is being produced for the American Distance Education Consortium by WSU’s Scott V. Fedale, director of information for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

ADEC is an international consortium of state and land-grant institutions providing economic distance education programs and services via the latest and most appropriate information technologies.

The panel, discussing topics concerning digital libraries, will include Ginny Steel, WSU director of Libraries; David Seaman of the Digital Library Federation, a consortium of major U.S. and British academic libraries; and Peter R. Young of the National Agricultural Library, which serves the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation.

There will be a live question-and-answer session, with viewer questions accepted via toll-free phone, fax or e-mail.

The broadcast may be viewed via satellite or by videostream on the Internet. To register for either of these, please see http://caheinfo.wsu.edu/DigitalLibraries/index.html or contact program producer/host Scott Fedale at fedale@wsu.edu or 335-2952.