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Digital Libraries

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Internet Sites:

* The Digital Library: A Biography
This report from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) examines the stages of digital library growth and presents case studies of digital library development.

* Digital Libraries: Universal Access to Human Knowledge
This is a report to the President and Congress from the Panel on Digital Libraries in the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee examining the potential of digital libraries. Available as a pdf document.

* A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections
"The following report was prepared by members of the Digital Library Forum, a group convened by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to discuss issues relating to the implementation and management of networked digital libraries." (Intended for use as a resource, not a set of requirements.)

* Usage and Usability Assessment: Library Practices and Concerns (January 2002)
"This report offers a survey of the methods that are being deployed at leading digital libraries to assess the use and usability of their online collections and services." The full text is available online as either an html or pdf file.

* Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
"The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is an organization dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of interoperable metadata standards and developing specialized metadata vocabularies for describing resources that enable more intelligent information discovery systems." Includes a link to the Dublin Core Element Set.

* D-Lib Forum
Resources for those interested in digital libraries and electronic publishing, including the monthly D-Lib Magazine, a monthly compilation of contributed stories,  commentary, and briefings.

* Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access
This "handbook provides a cumulation of tips, guidance, and advice from institutions that have engaged in digital projects." Produced by the Northeast Document Conservation Center.

* Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial
"This tutorial offers base-level information on the use of digital imaging to convert and make accessible cultural heritage materials. It also introduces some concepts advocated by Cornell University Library, in particular the value of benchmarking requirements before undertaking a digital initiative." Available in English and Spanish.

* Virtual Reference Desk
Resources for organizations providing digital reference services, those planning on implementing such services, and members of the public who utilize such services.

* LiveRef: A Registry of Real-Time Digital Reference Services
This site includes information on libraries working with real-time reference, available technologies, discussion lists, conferences, and a bibliography of related articles.

* Electronic Reference Service: Some Suggested Guidelines
"This article suggests that electronic reference services are in need of guidelines, similar to those used to guide the development of library support for distance learning and branch libraries. Specific issues that will need to be considered in the development of such guidelines are identified here, including administration/management, services, primary clientele, personnel, infrastructure/facilities, finances, and evaluation."

* VRD - Digital Reference Resources
The following list contains references on the topic of digital reference in a variety of contexts.

* Digital Reference Services: A Bibliography
"The items listed in this bibliography relate to the topic of online or virtual or digital reference services, i.e., the provision of reference services, involving collaboration between library user and librarian, in a computer-based medium. These services can utilize various media, including e-mail, Web forms, chat, video, etc." Many articles in this bibliography are available online.

* Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
"This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet."

* Locally Controlled Scholarly Publishing via the Internet: The Guild Model
This article provides an overview of the Guild Publishing Model, "one that is based on the practice of academic departments and research institutes publishing their own locally controlled series of working papers, technical reports, research memoranda, and occasional papers."

* Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography
Deals with all aspects of electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials, periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected works. Approximately 680 items were identified and indexed in great detail for this project. URLs Uniform Resource Locators) were added to various entries. Both the Index and the Bibliography are continuously updated.

* Buildings, Books, and Bytes: Libraries and Communities in the Digital Age (1996)
The report reveals what library leaders and the public have to say about the future of libraries in the digital age.

Discussion Groups:

Forum for librarians, information scientists, and other information professionals to discuss the constellation of issues and technologies pertaining to the creation of digital libraries.
To subscribe, address an email message in the following manner:
To: listserv@infoserv.nlc-bnc.ca
SUBSCRIBE DIGLIB firstname lastname

* Dig_Ref
A discussion group open to individuals and organizations who are interested in all contexts of digital reference service. Current subscribers include those working in libraries, education, business, government and other sectors, both nationally and internationally.
To subscribe, address an email message in the following manner:
To: listserv@listserv.syr.edu
subscribe dig_ref firstname lastname
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ERIC Resources:

* ERIC Digest - The National Science Foundation's Massive Digital Library for Education: Opportunities and Challenges for Teachers and Librarians (2001)

* ERIC Digest - Trends and Issues in Digital Reference Services (2001)

* ERIC Digest - Building and Maintaining Digital Reference Services (1999)

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