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Tuscon, AZ, USA
June 7, 2004 to June 11, 2004
ISBN: 1-58113-832-6
pp: 179-185
Christine L. Borgman , University of California, Los Angeles
Gregory H. Leazer , University of California, Los Angeles
Anne Gilliland-Swetland , University of California, Los Angeles
Kelli Millwood , University of California, Los Angeles
Leslie Champeny , University of California, Los Angeles
Jason Finley , University of California, Los Angeles
Laura J. Smart , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
A goal of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT) project is to make primary resources in geography useful for undergraduate instruction in ways that will promote inquiry learning. The ADEPT education and evaluation team interviewed professors about their use of geography information as they prepare for class lectures, as compared to their research activities. We found that professors desired the ability to search by concept (erosion, continental drift, etc.) as well as geographic location, and that personal research collections were an important source of instructional materials. Resources in geo-spatial digital libraries are typically described by location, but are rarely described by concept or educational application. This paper presents implications for the design of an educational digital library from our observations of the lecture preparation process. Findings include functionality requirements for digital libraries and implications for the notion of digital libraries as a shared information environment. The functional requirements include definitions and enhancements of searching capabilities, the ability to contribute and to share personal collections of resources, and the capability to manipulate data and images.
Information seeking behavior, user analysis, geography, digital libraries, digital library design, educational aspects of digital libraries
Christine L. Borgman, Gregory H. Leazer, Anne Gilliland-Swetland, Kelli Millwood, Leslie Champeny, Jason Finley, Laura J. Smart, "How Geography Professors Select Materials for Classroom Lectures: Implications for the Design of Digital Libraries", JCDL, 2004, Digital Libraries, Joint Conference on, Digital Libraries, Joint Conference on 2004, pp. 179-185, doi:10.1109/JCDL.2004.1336116
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