Digital Content Links

A group of us have started discussing possibilities related to campus wide digital content collections (institutional repositories and less formal collections) recently.  This is not a new area for UBC — there have been several initiatives along these lines and there are a wide range of content collections across the campus. 

I noticed cwbailey’s “Flashback (Week of 10/30/06) blog posting had a few links from the Library and Information Technology Association site and a few other locations which look interesting from the “digital content” point of view.  The entire list is worth a look; these are three that caught my eye immediately….

  1. Not So Different After All — Creating Access to Diverse Objects in Digital Repositories — describes a session and points to the PPT presentation of Gretchen Gueguen, Digital Collections Librarian, and Jennifer O’Brien Roper, Metadata Librarian both of the , University of Maryland Libraries.  I like how they describe the types of digital collections (thematic collections, object collection, packaged collections and after-the-fact collections – described fully in the post with examples)   It was also interesting to read about an actual  Fedora installation as well. We’re all kind of wondering about Fedora (dessert topping or floor wax?)… Note to self: look up more about Fedora…
  2. Low threshold strategies for libraries to support ‘Other’ Types of Digital publishing: We’re puzzling over these concepts as well.. different types of publishing, collections, etc. The article has a good update on UThink weblog (Minnesota) project, an initiative that Michelle Chua was following at one point….
  3. Using Digital Images in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives from Liberal Arts Institutions by David Green

    Preferred citation: David Green, Using Digital Images in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives from Liberal Arts Institutions. Academic Commons (October 2006). <>

    This report, sponsored by NITLE (I should have known that somehow — Mr Alexander is everywhere…), is described on the web site as below:

The study focuses on the pedagogical implications of the widespread use of the digital format. However, while changes in the teaching-learning dynamic and the teacher-student relationship were at the core of the study, related issues concerning supply, support and infrastructure rapidly became part of its fabric. These topics include the quality of image resources, image functionality, management, deployment and the skills required for optimum use (digital and image “literacies”).

If you are looking to get up to speed on this area — this is certainly a place to start.  Appendix 2 is flat out stunning in terms of a resource list!

Gads — lots to look at!

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