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Seminar in Information Science
Topic: Digital Libraries
Fall 2012 Outline & Readings

Dr. Ziming Liu
Phone: (408)924-2500
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail or in person by appointment

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Digital Libraries | Paper vs. Electronic Documents | Electronic Publishing | Preservation of Digital Media | Implications

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Digital Libraries

Bawden, D. & Vilar, P. (2006). Digital libraries: to meet or manage user expectations. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 58(4), 346-354.

Bearman, D. (2007). Digital libraries. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Medford, NJ: Information Today. Volume 41. 223-272

*Borgman, C. L. (1999). What are digital libraries? Competing visions. Information Processing & Management, 35: 227-243.

Borgman, C. L. (2000). Digital Libraries and the Continuum of Scholarly Communication. Journal of Documentation, 56: 412-430.

Borgman, C. L. (2001). Where is the librarian in the digital library? Communications of the ACM, 44(5): 66-67.

Buckland, M. (2008) Reference library service in the digital environment, 30( 2), 81-85.

*Choi, Y., & Rasmussen, E. (2006). What is needed to educate future digital librarians. D-Lib Magazine, 12(9). Available at:

Chowdhury, G. G. (2002). Digital libraries and reference services: Present and future. Journal of Documentation, 58(3): 258-283.

Chowdhury, G. G.; Sudatta, C. (1999). Digital Library Research: Major Issues and Trends. Journal of Documentation, 55: 409-488.

Fox, E. A.; Urs, S. R. (2002). Digital libraries. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Medford, NJ: Information Today. Volume 36. 503-589.

*Fox, E. A. et al (2002). Toward a global library. D-Lib Magazine, 8(10). Available at:

*Greenstein, D. (2000). Digital libraries and their challenges. Library Trends, 49: 290-303.

*Jeng, J. (2005). What is usability in the context of the digital library and how can it be measured? Information Technology and Libraries, 24(2): 47-56.

*Kani-Zabihi, E., Ghinea, G., & Chen, S. Y. (2006). Digital libraries: What do users want? Online Information Review, 30(4), 395-412.

*Kilker, J.; Gay, G. (1998). The Social Construction of a Digital Library: A Case Study Examining Implications for Evaluation. Information Technology and Libraries, 17: 60-70.

*Levy, D. M. (2000). Digital libraries and the problem of purpose. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, 26(6): 22-25.

*Liu, Z. (2004). The evolution of documents and its impacts. Journal of Documentation, 60(3): 279-288.

Liu, Z. & Luo, L. (2011). A Comparative study of digital library use: Factors, Perceived Influences, and Satisfaction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37(3), 230-236.

*Lynch, C. (2002). Digital collections, digital libraries and the digitization of cultural heritage information. First Monday, 7(5). Available at:

*Marchionini, G. Research and development in digital libraries. Available at:

*Marchionini, G.; Maurer, H. (1995). The Roles of Digital Libraries in Teaching and Learning. Communications of the ACM, 38(4): 67-75.

*Marcum, D. B. (1997). Digital Libraries: For Whom? For What? The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 23 (March 1997): 81-84.

*McCray, A. T.; Gallagher M. E. (2001). Principles for the digital library development. Communications of the ACM, 44(5): 48-54.

*Pomerantz, J. & Marchionini, G. (2007). The digital library as place. Journal of Documentation, 63(4), 505-533

*Samuelson, P. (1995). Copyright and digital libraries. Communications of the ACM, 38(4): 15-21, 110.

*Saracevic, T. (2000). Digital Library Evaluation: Toward an Evolution of Concepts. Library Trends, 49(Fall): 350-369.

*Thong, J., Hong, W., & Tam, K. Y. (2004). What leads to user acceptance of digital libraries? Communications of the ACM, 47(11), 79-83.

Witten, I. H. (2001). The promise of digital libraries in developing countries. Communications of the ACM, 44(5): 82-85.

Xie, H.; Wolfram, D. (2002). State digital library usability: Contributing organizational factors. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53(13): 1085-1097.

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Paper vs. Electronic Documents

Hsu, R. C.; Mitchell, W. E. (1997). After 400 years, print is still superior. Communications of the ACM, 40(10): 27-28.

*Liu, Z. (2006). Print vs. electronic resources: A study of user perceptions, preferences, and use. Information Processing and Management (in press).

*Liu, Z.; Stork, D. (2000). Is Paperless really more? Rethinking the role of paper in the digital age. Communications of the ACM, 43(11): 94-97.

*Samuelson, P. (1991). Digital media and the law. Communications of the ACM, 34(10): 23-38.

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Electronic Publishing

*Foderato, L. (2010, October 19). In a digital age, students still cling to paper textbook. New York Times.

*John, N. R. (2000). The ethics of the click: Users and digital information in the Internet age. Libri, 50: 129-135

Liu, Z. (2003). Trends in transforming scholarly communications and its implications. Information Processing & Management. 39 (6): 889-898.

*Rudner, L. M.; Miller-Whitehead, M.; Gellmann, J. S. (2002). Who is reading on-line education journals? Why? And what are they reading? D-Lib Magazine, 8(12). Available at:

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Preservation of Digital Media

Conway, P. (1996). Preservation in the digital world. Washington, DC: The Commission on Preservation & Access.

*Dekken, J.M. (2004). Preserving digital libraries: Determining "what?" before deciding "how?" Science & Technology, 25(1/2) 227-241.

*Hahn, T. B. (2008). Mass Digitization: implications for preserving the scholarly record. Library Resources & technical Services, 52(1 ), 18-26.

*Hart, P.; Liu, Z. (2003). Trust in the preservation of digital information. Communications of the ACM, 46(6): 93-97.

*Marcum, D.; Friedlander, A. (2003). Keepers of the crumbling culture. D-Lib Magazine, 9(5). Available at:

*Rothenberg, Jeff (1995). Ensuring the longevity of digital documents. Scientific American, 272(1): 42-47.

Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information (1996). Preserving digital information. Washington, D. C.: Commission on Preservation and Access.

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*Grafton, A. (2007, November 5). Future reading: Digitization and its discontents. New Yorker, 83(34).

*Lanham, R. A. (1997). The economics of attention. Michigan Quarterly Review, 36(2):270-284.

Levy, D. M. (1997). I read the news today, oh boy: Reading and attention in digital libraries. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM international conference on digital libraries. July 23-26, 1997. Philadelphia, PA.

*Liu, Z. (2005). Reading behavior in the digital evnironment: Changes in reading behavior over the past 10 years. Journal of Documentation, 61(6), 700-712.

*MacFadyen, H. (2011). The reader's devices: The affordances of ebook readers. Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management, 7(1).

*Worcman, K. (2002). Digital division is cultural exclusion. But is digital inclusion cultural inclusion? D-Lib Magazine, 8(3). Available at:

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