LIBRARIES AND EDUCATION
a relatively short period of time, spanning not more than a decade
or so, digital libraries became a global phenomenon, characterized
by an accelerated, explosive growth.
Digital libraries are a subject of great many activities worldwide.
These include research and development (R&D) on many fronts,
diverse practical applications, continuing innovation, policy formulations,
management changes, and more. A number of fields are involved, among
the most prominent being computer science, information science,
and librarianship. A number of governmental organizations, national
and international associations, academic institutions, and even
commercial enterprises are actively involved with digital libraries.
funds are spent on research in digital libraries, drawing a large
population of researchers (worldwide probably some thousand or more)
to concentrate on various topics. Even more funds are spent on practical
applications in building a variety of digital library collections,
components and service.
The education for digital libraries has not received the same amount
of attention as research, development and practical applications.
Many institutions are teaching digital libraries, or beginning to,
and struggling with this relatively new and volatile educational
area. Such struggle at Rutgers University led to establishment of
D-Lib Edu. The purpose of D-Lib Edu is to enhance pursuit of excellence
in education in digital libraries by providing a rich assortment
of relevant resources accessible to all. It is oriented not only
toward students trying to learn, but also toward professionals,
researchers, and educators trying to learn more and keep up.
The objectives are to:
Edu is a collaborative effort. It is also a continuous effort, a permanent
work in progress. Contributions are invited. Evaluations are invited.
Directories of new web links are invited. Contact Tefko
Saracevic at Rutgers University.
a mechanism by which individuals can provide, share, and
use up-to-date information and materials about educational offerings
in digital libraries at different institutions.
as a medium through which institutions can establish cooperation
in educational offerings in digital libraries.
students with an insight into educational choices and opportunities,
and an ability to access a variety of educational materials and
direct and active cooperation and links between research
and practice in digital libraries on the one hand, and education
in the subject, on the other hand.
toward developing of educational models for different levels
and needs in digital library education, and toward educational
standards and benchmarks.
Finally, a not on organization. An assortment of web links, all evaluated,
are provided. They are grouped by various topics as shown in the directory
below. Short commentary is included. Some topics also include a general
introduction. More topics are in preparation and will be added over
Contributions by students in the class Digital
Libraries at Rutgers University are gratefully acknowledged.