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JCDL/ICADL 2010 Digital Libraries and Education Workshop

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  • Ensure that DLs continue to support and enhance educational activities, by helping make useful educational resources accessible and adaptable, for both formal and informal learning experiences.
  • Ensure that the global DL community continues to share and collaborate in improving the education and training for future and current digital librarians.


  • This is a workshop connected with JCDL/ICADL 2010, see http://www.jcdl-icadl2010.org/
  • It takes place on the afternoon (1-4:30pm) of June 25, 2010 at the Gold Coast, Australia
  • It follows the I-Schools workshop held 9am-12:15pm that day; people are encouraged to attend both.

Topical outline:

  • Topic 1 - Digital Libraries Enhancing Education, e.g.,

US NSF NSDL (see http://www.nsdl.org)

Other DL-based education initiatives around the globe

Using and enhancing repositories in support of education

Algorithm and program visualization for education

  • Topic 2 - Educating Digital Librarians, e.g.,

In CS programs

In LIS programs

  • Topic 3 - Other related topics related to the workshop theme can be proposed as well.

Expected audience and attendance:

Audience 1: Those involved with iSchools, or LIS programs, or CS programs where DL is considered important, to share what they know and to learn from others so as to improve their programs.

Audience 2: Those researching, developing, or managing DLs (or repositories) focused on supporting education / training / learning.

Audience 3: Those developing modules, algorithm visualizations, or other educational resources that may be of interest to the DL community.

Audience 4: Systems librarians or digital librarians, to share what they know and to learn from others so as to extend their understanding of DLs, e.g., concepts, tools.

Format and duration:

  • ½-day (in the afternoon of June 25, after the I-Schools workshop, so people can attend both).
  • An opening introduction with a panel for about 50 minutes, followed 20 minutes for minute madness, followed by a 60 minute poster/demo session, followed by 50 minutes for a wrap-up panel and discussion.

Participant notification and selection:

Interested parties are encouraged to register and attend. As many as can fit in the available space will be accepted, with priority given to those who are identified as presenters. There are two types of presenters. First, there are those speaking at one of the panels.  Second, there are those presenting a poster.  Each of up to 20 poster presenters will get 1 minute during the minute madness session to provide an overview of their work, and then time during the 60 minute poster/demo session. For those who cannot attend in person, but who have a valuable contribution, there will be a way to participate using Second Life.

Those wishing to present a poster or demo should send a description of their presentation to fox@vt.edu by email by May 1, with Subject line "DLEW submission". A PowerPoint slide draft of a poster is recommended, but a 2-page writeup with figures/tables included also is acceptable.  Final submissions of selected works are due June 1.


The following people serve on the program committee:

  • Godmar Back, Virginia Tech , CS lead on LibX and Edition Builder
  • Lillian (Boots) Cassel, Villanova, Director of the Ensemble project in NSDL
  • Edward A. Fox, Virginia Tech, Director NDLTD, Co-PI on Ensemble
  • Carol Minton Morris, DuraSpace Director, NSDL Communications Director
  • Cliff Shaffer, Virginia Tech, Director of AlgoViz.org
  • Linda Stern, University of Melbourne, Dept. Computer Science & Software Engineering, Lead on Algorithms in Action

Prior related events:

  • Building on funding from IMSL, aimed at education of digital librarians, especially at a small set of LIS programs, related workshops were run.
This meeting will explore both how digital libraries can enhance education, and how those interested in the field can extend their learning about it.