Sarah Giersch

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In developing recommendation services for a new digital library called iLumina (, we are faced with several challenges related to the nature of the data we have available. The availability and consistency of data associated with iLumina is likely to be highly variable. Any recommendation strategy we develop must be able to cope(More)
The distributed, project-oriented nature of digital libraries (DLs) has made them difficult to evaluate in aggregate. By modifying the methods and tools used to evaluate physical libraries' content and services, measures can be developed whose results can be used across a variety of DLs. The DigiQUAL protocol being developed by the Association of Research(More)
Digital libraries have the potential to not only duplicate many of the services provided by traditional libraries but to extend them. Basic finding aids such as search and browse are common in most of today's digital libraries. But just as a traditional library provides more than a card catalog and browseable shelves of books, an effective digital library(More)
The struggle to find cost-effective alternative approaches to scholarly publishing resulting in a meaningful change to funding models, as opposed to simply reshuffling the funding deck, continues in full force. One debate within this larger context centers on the merits of the Big Deal which is " any online aggregation of e-content that a publisher,(More)
The democratization of content creation via ubiquitous Internet tools and infrastructure [1] has fueled an explosion of user-generated content in the commercial and educational markets. Indeed, funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) are actively seeking ways to integrate teachers and learners into the education cyber-infrastructure,(More)
This paper describes the development of a review rubric for learning resources in the context of the Instructional Architect (IA), a web-based authoring tool. We describe the motivation for developing a review rubric, the process for creating it by synthesizing the rubrics of other education-related digital libraries, and the results of testing the rubric(More)
This paper defines a model of teacher practice ("teaching as design"), and describes a professional development curriculum in which K-12 teachers design learning activities using resources and tools from education digital libraries. It then presents preliminary findings from an application of this model in which teachers' artifacts are analyzed to learn(More)
A community-based process was used to develope shared evaluation goals and instruments to begin evaluating the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). Results from a pilot study examining library usage, collections growth, and library governance processes are reported. The methods used in the pilot included web log usage analysis, collections assessment(More)