Collaboration in digital libraries: Luminous ideas from health informatics, academic libraries, and historical archives

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  • Collaboration in Digital Libraries: Luminous Ideas fromHealth Informatics, Academic Libraries, and Historical


    Sponsored by SIG-KM and SIG-DL

    Deborah E. Swain, ModeratorSchool of Library and Information Sciences, NC Central


    Timothy PatrickDepartment of Health Management and Informatics, School of Medicine Universityof Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri .

    Sue CodyRandall Library, University of NC-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.

    Anita S. ColemanSchool of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona,Tucson, AZ .

    Emily GoreJoyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.


    A widespread effort to develop digital libraries in science and academia in recent years hasproduced numerous success stories. This panel shares professional and personal experiencesabout the development and maintenance of digital libraries. As a group they offer a luminousdescription of how to apply methodologies, processes and workflow representations ofcollaboration to digital library creation and maintenance in various domains.

    The panel believes that collaboration contributes to the continuation of the synergy that may

  • initially ignite efforts to create a digital library. Knowledge management questions in todaysdigital library environment are discussed by panelists: how do you collect or harvest digitizedartifacts for a library in a collaborative process and support contributors, contributions, and themetadata? How do you capture that process? If it can be represented as a work flow, how canknowledge managers improve access for contributors, users, and librarians. Plus, can youmeasure the collaboration itself?

    The panel will discuss these questions using a forum approach. The panelists will share whatthey have learned putting digital information technology and research concepts into practice inthree very different domains: the Missouri Health Institute Health/Bioinformatics Digital Library,the iLumina project for undergraduate math and science funded by the National ScienceFoundation (NSF), the NC ECHO Heritage Project to preserve history and heritage in a digitalformat, the Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE) and the Digital Library forInformation Science and Technology (DLIST).

    Resources for Health and Bioinformatics Digital Library UsersT. Patrick

    The study of data retrieval allows information scientists and knowledge managers to identify andmodel the workflow of information resources as they are used. The use of vector direct graphsrepresentations is shown to affect information classification and retrieval.

    Early and Current Collaborations during the iLumina ProjectS. Cody

    Team members on the iLumina project met weekly at the University of North Carolina atWilmington for about four years to develop a library. Participatory discussions and sub-teampresentations eventually produced agreement about the delegation of work across teams asevaluated using the John Smith Cognitive Intelligence model. In the last two years, continuedcollaborations have led to the development of a collections process as well as classificationtools. Librarians responsible for continued support of iLumina will share their experiences.

  • How do digital library developers use collaborative tools? Digital libraries and repositories suchas the Alexandria Digital Library (ADL), the Geo-Technical Rock and Water Resources (GROW)digital library, the Digital Library for Information Science and Technology (DLIST), and the DigitalLibrary for Earth Science Education (DLESE) have demonstrated many uses for collaborativetools. Collaborative tools, especially during the initial building phase, aid in making informationintermediaries and end users an integral part of digital library design. Besides design andcommunication, collaborative tools were also used for tasks as varied as project management,controlled vocabulary development, faceted classification, and metadata creation. The researchon the collaborative behaviors of digital library developers and users and some metrics forcollaboration are highlighted.

    Evaluation of Collaboration during the NC ECHO Project

    E. Gore

    The ECHO Heritage Project successfully collected and digitized artifacts from residents in ruralEastern NC. Then librarians and systems managers applied a KM model to research, evaluateand study how individual partners collaborated from different regions within the state. NC ECHOutilized the synergy of collaboration factors defined in 2003 by M. A. Morales Arroyos The

    Physiology of Collaboration in the Heritage Partners project between museum and academiclibrary.

    Use of Collaborative Tools By Digital Library Developers and UsersA. Coleman


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