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Christina's LIS Rant
Saturday, December 27, 2008
  Comps readings this week
not terribly productive this week due to the holidays (and lots of cookies - both baked and eaten - and cupcakes, a pie... and shopping!)

Finished the Borgman book (see review).

Soergel, D. (2002). A framework for digital library research: Broadening the vision. D-Lib Magazine, 8(12)DOI:10.1045/december2002-soergel
- great short piece, to the point. Written in 2002, why don't more DL people read and follow his stuff? (this means you, AIAA!)
- guiding principles: support research, scholarship, education and practice; go beyond the horseless carriage: "Some see DLs primarily as a means for accessing information, but in order to reach their full potential, DLs must go beyond that and support new ways of intellectual work"
- Themes
1) a DL is content + tools (providing access to the content alone is not sufficient)
2) DLs should have both individual and community spaces (yes!): "support users who work with materials and create their own individual or community information spaces through a process of selection, annotation, contribution, and collaboration."
3) DLs need semantic structure
4) linked data structures for navigation and search
5) powerful search
6) interfaces should guide users
7) DLs should have ready made tools to help users make use of the information contained
8) design should be informed by studies of user behavior (not revolutionary, but hey, we need to keep repeating this until people do it)
9) evaluation needs to take future functionality into account
10) legal/rights management issues should be addressed with new tech (this is the only thing that people are really working on or doing! sigh.)
11) sustainable business models

Soergel, D. (in press). Digital Libraries and Knowledge Organization. In S.R. Kruk and B. McDaniels, ed. Semantic Digital Libraries. New York: Springer.
These two Soergel pieces were added in response to criticism that I didn't have anything on "digital libraries". Good stuff. Particularly section 1.3 that lists advanced dl functions. Many of these are already provided by some dls but certainly anyone who runs a dl should look at this list to see what they could usefully add.
(ok, this has been bugging me and will hopefully get another post of its own, but library licenses to or DRM on databases and DLs do not support mashing-up or making new information in a workspace. Serious issue here when the DL provider won't give you the tools you need and then actively prevents you from doing what you want to do with DRM).

Started: Yin, R. K. (2003). Case study research: Design and methods (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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