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Digital Libraries in Students Education and User Service

Technology Summit


Sponsored by SEFLIN Inc. (Southeast Florida Library Information Network) & ILIAC (International Library, Information and Analytical Center)


Monday, March 27, 2006

Kovens Conference Center, Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus


9:00-9:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:30-10:00 Opening Session


Welcoming Remarks


Virginia Farace, President, SEFLIN Board of Directors & Director, Boynton Beach Public Library(remarks in English with Russian translation)


Dr. Yakov Shrayberg, First Deputy Director, Russian National Library for Science and Technology & President, International Library, Information and Analytical Center (remarks in English with Russian translation)


Keynote Address


Libraries, Students, and Google - Dr. William Miller, Director, Florida Atlantic University Libraries(address in English with Russian translation)

Google is not all good and not all bad; it is simply a tool, with benefits and limitations. Libraries need to continue to create our own digital collections, and to purchase other digital collections from vendors, but we will also need to learn to accommodate ourselves to Google.


10:15-11:00 First Concurrent Sessions


Innovation Technologies in Library Education. A Joint Project of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and Moscow State University of Culture and Arts - Dr. Yakov Shrayberg, Russian National Library for Science and Technology & International Library, Information and Analytical Center(presentation in English)

The paper describes an innovation project of developing a new education technology for teaching students of Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. The essence of the innovation lies in using computer rooms, labs, and technologies of a major library (namely, the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology) that has implemented modern information technologies, and in employing high-skilled staff of the said library and other libraries and organizations as the university faculty. All specialty classes are usually held at librarians’ and library automation experts’ workplace. Students are additionally encouraged to do research in the framework of the library projects. This education project has been started for a group of students whose major is in Technology of Automated Information Resources. During the project implementation we have developed a fundamentally new curriculum, invited leading specialists and practitioners building the theoretical background of modern information technologies. We have developed new academic courses: “Computer Technologies in Libraries,” “Digital Libraries,” a complex of 14 author programs, tests, sets of subjects for course and diploma research. The department of New Information Technologies and Digital Libraries provides scientific supervision of postgraduates and PhD students who do research in the area.


Review of Recent Research Findings on Use of Electronic Resources by 
Distance and International Students 
- Dr. Johanna Tunon, Head of Distance and Instructional Library Services, Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Tech. Center, Nova Southeastern University(presentation in English with Russian translation)

Two recent studies at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) have documented that the quality of library research of distances students is being impacted by their use of electronically retrieved scholarly resources. An analysis of two surveys of NSU students in Jamaica and the Bahamas revealed students' self-reported use of electronic resources in lieu of print resources. A citation analysis compared types of resources cited in two other studies of EdD reference lists in education from traditional institutions with 144 dissertations by nontraditional students at NSU. Both studies raised questions about the impact of students' preference for electronic resources while neglecting print resources, and the findings have implications for library training of distance students.

11:15-12:00 Second Concurrent Sessions


The Electronic Information in the Public Libraries of Kazakhstan: The Formation and Organization of Reader Access - Gulissa Balabekova, Deputy Director-General, Library and Informational Technologies, The National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan (presentation in English)

The library infrastructure of Kazakhstan is heterogeneous and diversified. The network of libraries of the Ministry of Culture now constitutes 3,312 libraries. In the age of active inculcation and wide-spreading of digital and Internet technologies, transformation of different types and forms of servicing of users, organization of the new type of services the public libraries need correct the strategy of their development.

The report presents the experience of the National Library of Kazakhstan (the NLRK), which it transmits to all the public libraries of Kazakhstan, being the scientific and methodological centre in the sphere of library study, bibliography and book-study and lately also of information.


Planning and Operating an Information Infrastructure and Computer Labs - George Fray, Head, Library Systems, Florida International University (presentation in English with Russian translation)

This presentation will take a comprehensive look at planning and operating an information infrastructure that supports and enhances student education and user services. Florida International University Library Systems Department maintains 800 desktop computers in a multi-campus environment. The infrastructure consists of nearly 30 servers (web, mapping, license, NFS, print, GIS, digital library, proxy, electronic document delivery, and more), a Cisco based firewall, and a Dell/EMC SAN solution for roughly 7 terabytes of storage. Six hundred computers serve the public in areas such as an Internet Cafe, a three-hour laptop checkout service, the standard word processing/research labs, and special use labs such as the GIS Center. In addition there is also walk-up wireless service both inside and outside the perimeter of the buildings for the university community.


12:00-13:15 Lunch


13:30-14:15 Afternoon Speaker


Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources – Kate Nevins, Executive Director, SOLINET - The Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (presentation in English with Russian translation)

The recently published OCLC "Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources" report summarizes findings of an international study on information-seeking habits and preferences. Findings indicate that information consumers view libraries as places to borrow print books, but they are unaware of the rich electronic content they can access through libraries. Even though information consumers make limited use of these resources, they continue to trust libraries as reliable sources of information.


14:30-15:15 Third Concurrent Sessions


Digital Libraries of Russian State Library for Scholars, Students and Other Customers - Boris Perli, Russian State Library (presentation in Russian with English translation)

The Russian State Library activity in the field of creation of full-text e-library targeted for different social and age groups of users is being considered. Other Russian library associations solving similar issues are being presented. Principles and problems of acquisition of RSL Open Electronic Library (OREL) are covered as well as the services developed and applied / by RSL e-library for RUNET users. Main trends of RSL development are being outlined to raise its impact on social life of the country.


A PALMM Grows in Florida: The Publication of Archival, Library and Museum Materials Program of the State University Libraries - Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director, Digital Library Services, Florida Center for Library Automation (presentation in English)

PALMM is a program of the libraries of the state university system of Florida offering systems and services to encourage the cooperative building of digital collections in support of teaching and scholarship.   This presentation gives a brief history and overview of the PALMM program and shows examples of PALMM collections. It also notes some issues about moving PALMM into the future, given the increasing impetus 
towards decentralization in the university system.


15:15-15:45 Classical Music & Refreshments




Gulissa Balabekova

Balabekova Gulissa is Deputy Director-General on library and informational technologies of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Executive Director of the Kazakhstani Centre of Corporate Cataloging, and plenipotentiary representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Section on interlibrary loan of the state-participants of the CIS. She has worked in the National Library since 1989, after graduating from the Leningrad Institute of Culture. She is the author of many bibliographical indices and articles. She participated in many international and republican conferences, seminars dedicated to the problems of inculcation of modern informational technologies into the library system of Kazakhstan. 


Priscilla Caplan

Priscilla Caplan received her MLS from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1979 and has worked at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA).  Ms. Caplan is the author of Metadata Fundamentals for All Librarians (ALA Editions, 2003) and numerous articles on digital library technology, digital preservation and standards for digital libraries.


Virginia Farace



George Fray

George Fray is currently the Florida International University Library Systems Department Head, a position he has held for ten year. In this capacity, he guides the planning, development and maintenance of information technology services. Mr. Fray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University in 1996. His areas of special interest are public access services and network security.


Charles Mayberry

Charles Mayberry is Associate Director for Virtual Library & Information Services at SEFLIN Inc. For seven years she served as the Director of Information Services at the National Golf Foundation. Mr. Mayberry has managed the develop and operations of Web based services including MyLibraryService.orgMiServiciodeBiblioteca.org, and FloridaLibraryJobs.org. He currently serves as the Chair of the Virtual Library Discussion Group for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.


Dr. William Miller

Dr. William Miller has served at the Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University since 1987.  He formerly worked at libraries in Michigan and Ohio.   He has served as President of the SEFLIN Board of Directors and as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries. He currently serves on the Board of the Southeastern Library Information Network.  Dr. Miller has published widely, and was recently named the new editor of the professional journal The Reference Librarian.  His most recent book, soon to appear, is an edited volume entitled Libraries and Google.


Kate Nevins



Boris Perli

Boris Perli is the Head of the Department of Digital Libraries at the Russian State Library, Moscow, Russia. He is one of the designers and developers of the OREL project – Open Russian Electronic Library, a full text digital library created by the Russian State Library. Mr. Perli holds the title of the Inventor of the USSR. He is the author of 30 publications, including 5 monographs.


Dr. Yakov Shrayberg

Dr., Professor Yakov Shrayberg is First Deputy Director of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, responsible for research and development of the ILS. He is also the Head of the IT and Digital Libraries Department of the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. Dr. Shrayberg is the President of the International Association of Information Technologies and Digital Libraries Users and Developers (Association ELNIT), President of the International Library Information and Analytical Center (ILIAC), Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Scientific and Technical Libraries monthly journal (Russia), Chair of the annual international conferences “Crimea” and “LIBCOM”, and member of ISKO and Russian Committee of the UNESCO Program “Information for all”.


Dr. Johanna Tunon, has a Master in Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University and an EdD from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in instructional design and distance education. She is Head of Distance and Instructional Library Services at NSU, and she teaches adjunct classes for the University of Maryland University College and Clarion University. In the last year, Dr. Tunon has presented on recent research studies at ARCL, AERA, CADE, and IFLA, and she is the incoming chair of the American Library Association’s Distance Learning Section.

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