ERIC Number: ED450706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Digital Libraries: Potential and Risks.
McMullen, Barbara E.; Masullo, Miriam J.; Postlethwaite, Bonnie
The mission of Tufts University Academic Technology (AT@Tufts) is to establish a unified technological infrastructure, facilitate appropriate technologies, and provide an atmosphere of support and flexibility for schools, faculty, and students as they incorporate technology into the curriculum for teaching, learning, and research. Tufts University Library Technology Services (ULTS) provides the technological infrastructure, planning and support for library technologies at the University. The Tufts Smart Digital Library is a vehicle for managing knowledge and information in digital format that allows for interactive user interfaces and supports teaching, research, and lifelong learning. A Tufts University Digital Library Task Force was convened to define, analyze and make recommendations on how digital libraries can most effectively and efficiently enhance teaching, learning, research, and administration at Tufts. The Tufts Digital Library Seminar pages have attempted to elicit new thinking and considerations for digital libraries. Those considerations are highlighted in the following sections: Technology Evolution; Community of Users; Enabling Technologies; Architecture and Processes; and Culture Affecting Aspects. (Links to continuation of interactive group discussions follow each section.) The potential opportunities are contrasted with technology misconceptions and potential social risks. Conclusions of the presenters are summarized. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Digital Computers, Educational Technology, Electronic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Technology, Library Development, Program Development
For full text: http://www.educause.edu/conference/e99/proceedings.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: EDUCAUSE '99: Celebrating New Beginnings. [Proceedings] (Long Beach, CA, October 26-29, 1999); see IR 020 580.