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Part II: CHANGES in the world of electronic resources: Information and digitization
Program chair: Christine L. Borgman, Ph.D. (Department of Information Studies, UCLA)
Keynote speakers:

  • Herbert Van de Sompel, Ph.D. (Lead of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team, Los Alamos National Laboratory)
    "Persistence, identification, and the actionability of data citations"
  • Alyssa Goodman, Ph.D. (Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University)
    "Seamless Astronomy"
  • Liz Lyon, Ph.D. (Director, UKOLN, University of Bath)
    "Incremental Change or Revolution? Libraries and the Informatics Transform"

The digital environment has changed, even revolutionized, communication and great many other activities. Among others, it has: speeded and extended the exchange of information and of social interactions; increased cooperation in great many disciplines and undertakings; and enabled the creation of many new kinds of works or digitization of older ones that became accessible to end users directly and globally. Electronic or e-resources have become essential tools in all these activities – their breadth and applications are in constant change. They are touching and even transforming many institutions and enterprises, including libraries of all kinds from traditional, to hybrid, to digital, as well as scholarship, education, culture, publishing, and social relations. New means have emerged for creating, selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, accessing and using all kinds of digital content.

The goal of the second part of LIDA 2012 is to investigate the changes that have occurred in the realm of e-resources and associated conceptual, practical, organizational, and social issues. The general aim is not only to reflect and synthesize what went on, but even more so to help further development of current efforts, as well as development of frameworks within which diverse and future efforts related to e-resources could be compared, evaluated, and improved.

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • fundamental and practical transformations in electronic resources and digitization during past decade or so; conceptual frameworks that emerged; changes in information included;
  • mass digitization projects: developments, problems, controversies;
  • effects on libraries in general and on digital libraries in particular;
  • changes in practices in libraries related to digitization, preservation, organization and access;
  • changes in content and structure of library and related institutional web sites and portals used for access; user-generated content;
  • developments in science as it becomes increasingly data driven and interdisciplinary; developments in digital humanities;
  • developments in publishing and approaches taken by publishers;
  • cooperative arrangements for open access of e-resources and preservation of cultural records; cooperation with museums, archives, and other institutions;
  • shifting patterns of access to and use of e-resources; studies on how faculty, researchers, and students make use of e-resources;
  • evaluation of e-resources and associated processes of access and use;
  • discussion about general issues: How are we to understand new forms of e-resources in their own right? How are we to respond in digital libraries? What are opportunities and challenges?