JCDL Conference 2007

    January 29, 2007
    Full papers, panel & tutorial proposals due
    February 5, 2007
    Short papers, posters, workshop & demonstration proposals due
    March 24, 2007
    Doctoral Consortium abstracts due
    April 9, 2007
    Revision deadline for accepted submissions

Workshop 1: Developing a Digital Libraries Education Program

Short Description:

Those who manage digital libraries know that hiring the right people can be the most critical factor in a successful digital library program, yet the pool of qualified applicants for every position is extremely small. Whenever we gather at events such as the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries the discussion often turns to issues related to recruitment and retention. Even those fortunate enough to work in academic libraries with allied schools of library and information science (LIS), or computer science (CS) programs, are keenly aware of the difficulties in finding recent graduates with broad knowledge of and familiarity with digital library systems and services. Schools of library and information science have begun working with librarians and technologists in academic digital library programs to develop effective curricula for digital librarianship. While many LIS schools offer courses designed to prepare professionals for work in a digital library program, few, if any, do so in a systematic and comprehensive manner. With financial support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ "Librarian for the 21st Century Program", through a grant to Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this workshop is designed to bring together digital library professionals interested in increasing their number, and educators implementing (or planning to implement) programs in digital library education.

Achieving a better understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to support emerging digital library programs is critical to the success of curriculum projects. In "Skills for the New Millennium", published in the January 1, 1999, issue of Library Journal, Roy Tennant defines the knowledge and skills needed by the librarians who create and manage digital library collections and services. "These digital librarians," he writes, "must know about imaging technologies, optical character recognition, markup languages (HTML for Web pages and SGML/XML for text), cataloging and metadata, indexing and database technologies, user interface design, programming, Web technologies, and project management." Is this list valid? Is it complete? How does professional education integrate theoretical background in these areas with practical skill? What is the relationship between classroom learning and part-time work experience? What do librarians need to know about technology to work effectively with IT professionals? These are all questions we plan to address in this workshop.


This is the last (third) of three annual workshops organized by the Indiana University (IU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with additional input from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech, supported by a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). We propose a full-day workshop, aimed at digital library professionals, researchers, and educators, to cover prominent issues surrounding digital libraries education. The workshop will bring together a number of speakers on topics of interest to digital library educators and working professionals, as detailed below. The workshop will provide the opportunity for the participants to assess the components of digital library education and the skills, knowledge, and training of digital librarians.

Topical Outline
Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • What is the core for DL education
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with programs outside of LIS for developing DL curricula
  • Balancing the instruction of technical skills and HCI with social aspects of DL education
  • How curricula can manage differences in technical experience among DL students
  • How curricula can match theory with practice within DL education
  • Curriculum development that includes stand alone courses and/or DL modules
  • Technological resources for DL education, for both online and face-to-face courses
  • International perspectives on DL education
  • Impacts and outcomes for DL education programs; perspectives among students and recent graduates
  • How curricula can fulfill DL employers’ needs
  • Program evaluation and sustainability
Planned Format and Expected Audience

We are planning a full-day workshop. The morning session will begin with a brief introductory session where participants will introduce themselves and briefly describe DL education available at their institutions. The morning program will continue with three panel discussion sessions. The afternoon session will resume with two additional panel discussions and conclude with an open-ended question and answer session where participants will further discuss issues related to DL education and their respective programs. The speakers will be a mix of LIS/CS educators and digital library practitioners, reflecting the target audience described below. The workshop format and topics for the panel discussions are presented below.

8:00 Introduction to the Workshop – Overview of the issues and Introduction of Workshop Attendees
8:30 Panel I – What is Core for DL Education (Curriculum Oriented)
9:30 Panel II – Interdisciplinary Collaboration in DL Education
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Panel III – Instructional Infrastructure

12:00 to 1:30

1:30 Panel IV – Engineering a Composite DL Curriculum
2:30 Panel V – Evaluation and Sustainability of DL Education Programs
3:30 Closing discussion session

We expect that representatives from a number of institutions, including those awarded DL education-related IMLS grants in 2004 (e.g., the University of Texas at Austin - School of Information, Rutgers University - School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, and Wayne State University Library System), will attend to present in the morning and to contribute to the discussion surrounding the afternoon presentations. Organizers also expect attendees from libraries with digital library programs and LIS/CS schools that are interested in education for digital librarianship. We hope to attract a mix of library educators and practitioners from a variety of academic institutions; we will specifically invite librarians from the universities who are presenting during the morning session. We anticipate that the workshop will include approximately 35 participants. Publicity for the workshop will include the conference program, targeting relevant listservs, and invitations via email and telephone. Workshop fees for presenters will be covered by IU and UIUC through funds designated by IMLS for workshop expenses.

Organizers and Contact Information
Dr. Javed Mostafa
School of Library and Information Science
Indiana University

Dr. Jerome McDonough
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

William Mischo
Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Edward A. Fox
Dept. of Computer Science
Virginia Tech
(540) 231-5113

Dr. Jeffrey Pomerantz
School of Information & Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Barbara M .Wildemuth
School of Information & Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Biographical Information about the Organizers

Javed Mostafa, Ph. D. is currently the Victor H. Yngve Associate Professor of Information Science and Associate Professor of Informatics at IU. Recent research projects include the Digital Libraries Phase II initiative of NSF (Award #9817572), the Information Technology Research Phase I initiative of NSF (Award #0081944), and the Cultural Library Indexing Our Heritage (CLIOH), funded by the IMLS.

William Mischo is Head of Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and Professor of Library Administration at UIUC. He is currently the Principal Investigator of an NSF NSDL project (2003-2004) and co-PI on an IMLS integration grant (2003-2005).

Jerome McDonough, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, UIUC. He is currently involved in research that explores digital libraries, digital preservation, metadata design, human-computer interaction and user interface design, socio-technical and participatory design approaches to information systems development.

Edward A. Fox, Ph.D., is a Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He directs Virginia Tech’s Digital Library Research Laboratory (DLRL), was co-editor of the ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, and is chair of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.

Jeffrey Pomerantz, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been working in areas related to digital libraries since 1996. He is a Research Scientist for the Information Institute of Syracuse and has been closely involved in the Institute’s development of AskNSDL services for the National Science Digital Library.

Barbara M. Wildemuth, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her long-term research interests are in how people seek and use information, particularly when those behaviors are mediated by computers. She has been actively involved in the Open Video project, a multimedia digital library, and she and Dr. Pomerantz are both participants in UNC’s Center for Research and Development of Digital Libraries (CRADLE).

Previous DL Education Workshops

Similar DL Education workshops, funded through the IMLS grant, were previously held at JCDL 2005 and 2006. Each workshop was a full-day event that hosted between 30 and 40 attendees. Previous workshops were organized by researchers from IU and UIUC.

Workshop at JCDL 2006: Developing a Digital Libraries Education Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, June 15th.

Workshop at JCDL 2005: Developing a Digital Libraries Education Program, Marriott City Center, Denver, CO, June 7th.

Roy Tennant, "Skills for the new millennium," Library Journal Digital, January 1, 1999. URL: