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Lending, reserves, archives definitions

[Apologies for cross-posting if you receive this more than once]

Dear All,

Just a few general questions relating to basic definitions:

-What is "lending" in a digital environment? Does the concept mean anything
online? Note that, if you are making a copy, you are not lending.
Personally, I doubt that you can "lend" anything online - but I'm willing to
be persuaded otherwise.

-What about definitions for:

---electronic reserves (relates to lending: again, I suspect that there can
be no such thing as "electronic reserves", in the strict sense)
---electronic archives
---electronic backup (Is there any difference between the two?)

The questions may seem innocuous at first glance, but they have important

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