- Libraries finally must take the Information Age seriously! Economically,
the case has been clear for a decade. Intellectually, we have
had ample time to prepare:
- 50 years since Vannevar Bush's As We May Think
- 30 years since Licklider's Libraries of the Future
- 30 years since Salton's SMART system
- 9 years since Hypertext '87 at UNC Chapel Hill
- 5 years since NSF's Digital Library Initiative was recommended
- We view digital libraries as a key component of the support
required for effective education.
This should be the norm for University Libraries.
A layered approach to building courseware
atop digital libraries seems to make the most sense.
- Universities are pressured to be more cost effective.
- Universities pay more and more for library services, especially
to commercial publishers.
- Universities are pressured to do more distance education.
- Many current students lack motivation.
- Many current students lack "information skills."
- It it unclear how to use technology to help solve these problems.
- It is unclear what pedagogical approaches help solve these problems.
- More cost effective - Virginia Tech Initiatives
- Library savings - Monticello Electronic Library
- Electronic technical reports (from 1992 Snowbird meeting)
- Electronic theses and dissertations
- High leverage to train next generation of authors, scholars
- Distance education
- Paperless courses
- Videoconferencing over networks
- CSCW - e.g., MOOs like EIEIOmoo
- Motivation - Interaction
- Personal tutoring, working in groups, project-based learning
- Multimedia, hypermedia: control interaction
- Searching, browsing and other accessing of information,
including Web home pages
- Demonstrating, visualizing, taking quizes, doing exercises
- Email, conferencing (asynchronous discussion)
- Information skills
- Re-orientation of colleges of library and information science, libraries
Introduction to Networked Information
- Extending that to be widely used (SUCCEED project, 1996)
- Computing Across the Curriculum
- Digital libraries
- WWW, debate support software, email, bulletin boards
- Videoconferencing, projection