Learning and Libraries
The links between learning and libraries are … interesting.
My university has built a Really Nice new science library: an absolutely spectacular building with state of the art technology and one of the richest collections in the Low Countries. Yet … I never go there. Neither do my colleagues. Nor my students. Why would we? All our material is available on-line. If it isn’t, it kind of doesn’t exist.
On the digital library front, I am co-organizing a workshop on attention metadata at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries on June 23: this is about leveraging rich usage data, something libraries, digital and analog alike, barely do. (Why don’t they inform me when someone is downloading my papers? Referring to my papers? Why don’t they alert me to papers I will probably want to know about?)
And then, I am part of the program committee for the Workshop on “Cross-Media and Personalized Learning Applications on top of Digital Libraries” that focuses on the link between digital libraries and learning applications. Submission deadline is June 11!
This is an area that is very much in flux: the conservative reflex with many librarians is easy to understand but they really risk “perfecting the irrelevant”, as my friend Wayne Hodgins would say.