• A 21st century look at an ancient concept: Understanding FRBR, presented at the AzLA (Arizona Library Association) Conference, El Conquistador Hilton, Tucson, Nov. 30 - 2 Dec. 2004 (Session sponsored by RPSIG/CULD/PLD, 8:00 - 9:30 am, Dec. 2, Agave III)

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2004-12)
      This is a presentation of the library's most enduring artifact: the bibliographic record. The focus is on understanding the theory behind IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Illustrations, practical implementations, and research initiatives are also summarized. A deeper understanding of the importance of "works" and the legacy that it brings along are the goal of this entertaining and informative look into our past, present and future.
    • Academic blogs

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2005)
      This article provides an overview of academic blogs in general and introduces, ASC Online, an advising and mentoring blog for graduate students in LIS at the University of Arizona. Other types of academic blogs are highlighted along with brief information about blog directories, search engines, and rankings.
    • Assessing the Value of a Journal Beyond the Impact Factor: Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2006-01)
      This is a preprint of a paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology volume 58, issue 8, pages 1148-161, June 2007. The well-documented limitations of journal impact factor rankings and perceptual ratings, the evolving scholarly communication system, the open access movement, and increasing globalization are some reasons that prompted an examination of journal value rather than just impact. Using a single specialized journal established in 1960, about education for the Information professions, this paper discusses the fall from citation grace of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) in terms of impact factor and declining subscriptions. Journal evaluation studies in Library and Information Science based on subjective ratings are used to show the high rank of JELIS during the same period (1984-2004) and explain why impact factors and perceptual ratings either singly or jointly are inadequate measures for understanding the value of specialized, scholarly journals such as JELIS. This case study was also a search for bibliometric measures of journal value. Three measures, namely journal attraction power, author associativity, and journal consumption power, were selected; two of them were re-defined as journal measures of affinity (the proportion of foreign authors), associativity (the amount of collaboration), and calculated as objective indicators of journal value. Affinity and associativity for JELIS calculated for 1984, 1994, 2004 and consumption calculated for 1985 and 1994 show a holding pattern but also reveal interesting dimensions for future study. A multi-dimensional concept of value should be further investigated wherein costs, benefits, and measures for informative and scientific value are clearly distinguished for the development of a fuller model of journal value.
    • Beyond Interdisciplinarity, Interactivity, and Interoperability: Some Options for DL Education

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2005-06)
      This is a presentation delivered at the Developing a Digital Libraries Education Program Workshop on June 7th held in conjunction with the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2005, June 7-11 at Denver, CO. It is based on Coleman's paper titled Beyond Interdisciplinarity, published in D-Lib Magazine, 2002. The D-Lib paper discussed how interdisciplinarity was used as the primary strategy to develop a Knowledge Organization track at the School of Information Resources & Library Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Besides highlighting some aspects of the paper, the presentation also draws on two other papers published in D-Lib Magazine "Interactivities" and "Interoperability" to show how the three concepts (interdisciplinarity, interactivity, and interoperability) are being used to teach SIRLS students, involve library practitioners in LIS education, and run a digital repository while providing SIRLS MLS students with an immersive digital library theoretical learning + research & development skills + practical experience. Other ideas presented include: book culture, digital culture, and the concept triangle (concept formation from psychology & linguistics). The DL Education workshop was funded by IMLS and organized by Indiana University & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of their IMLS DL project. URL: http://www.jcdl2005.org/workshops.html#0
    • Bibliography of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 1984-present

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2006)
      This is a draft (updated June 4). Scope and Coverage: The bibliography is a comprehensive list of articles, book reviews, conference papers, and columns, published in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Education (JELIS) from vol. 25 (3) Summer 1984 to the present Vol. 47 (1), Winter 2006. Arrangement and Limitations: There are two parts. Part I is comprehensive and has 805 references with the entries arranged alphabetically by author last name. The entries are citations, open access availability of full-text is noted, but abstracts, descriptors, and keywords denoting the subject of the document references are not included. Part II is not comprehensive. That is, not all the references in Part I are included and approximately 100 of them, for some years such as 2005 and 2006 are missing. Parts two is an attempt to produce an author-title-subject bibliography and it includes 1781 entries with the citation along with abstract, descriptors and keywords, when available, the first time it occurs. Size: The print version is 342 pages (double-spaced, PDF) and approximately 358 pages (HTML). Full-text open access, free: JELIS articles from the 1996 issues (vol. 37, nos. 1- 4) for which author permissions were received (n=18) are available in dLIST, an open access archive for the information sciences. A few recent JELIS preprints (n=2) are also online. Online availability (URLs) is noted for all these references (total n=20) in Part I only. They are also easily accessible under the Library and Information Science Education subject at http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/view/subjects/lise.html.
    • Building Communities

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2005-10)
      This is a presentation of 21 slides at the Leadership Development session of the ASIST 2005 Annual Meeting at Charlotte, N.C. on October 30. It discusses the 2002 virtual community building experiment undertaken by the Arizona Chapter of ASIST. The chapter experimented with three different pieces of software, a wiki, a content management system, and slashcode. This presentation was also video-taped and may become available through the ASIST website, http://www.asis.org/.
    • A Classification of Models

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Lopez-Huerta, Maria (Ergon, 2002)
      Scientific models are critical, analytical tools and objects that can be included in digital libraries. This paper presents a preliminary classification scheme for the cataloging of scientific models. Scientific models are defined as works and the classification is based on facet analysis and corroborated by an user study.
    • A Classification of Scientific Models

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2002-07)
      This presentation at the Seventh ISKO Conference in Granada, Spain, highlights the important ideas behind the paper, A Classification of Models that is available in the Conference Proceedings. It provides a succinct definition of scientific models and identifies the underlying premises and promises of knowledge structures and classification pinciples for organizing these complex objects and intellectual constructs. Facets of scientific models are listed and described. Smiraglia's definition of works is used along with facet analysis theory and findings about science learning skills.
    • A Code for Classifiers: Whatever Happened to Merrillâ s Code?

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Smiraglia, Richard P. (Ergon-Verlag, 2004)
      This is a preprint of the article published in Knowledge Organization 31 (3): 161-176. The work titled "Code for Classifiers" by William Stetson Merrill is examined. The development of Merrill's Code over a period of 27 years, 1912-1939 is traced by examining bibliographic, attribution, conceptual and contextual differences. The general principles advocated, the differences between variants, and three controversial features of the Code: 1) the distinction between classifying vs. classification, 2) borrowing of the bibliographic principle of authorial intention, and 3) use of Dewey Decimal class numbers for classified sequence of topics, are also discussed. The paper reveals the importance of the Code in its own time, the complexities of its presentation and assessment by its contemporaries, and itâ s status today.
    • Collaboration

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2005-10)
      This is a presentation (15) slides at the 2005 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Charlotte, N.C. on October 31, session on Collaboration in Digital Libraries: Luminous Ideas from Health Informatics, Academic Libraries, and Historical Archives (Organizer and Moderator: Deborah Swain).
    • A Common Sense Approach to Defining Data, Information, and Metadata

      Dervos, Dimitris A.; Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2006)
      This is a presentation (~25 slides) made at ISKO 2006 in Vienna based on the paper (same title) published in the Proceedings of the Ninth International ISKO 2006 Conference, Vienna, Edited by Swertz, C. Berlin: Ergon, 2006.
    • A Common Sense Approach to Defining Data, Information, and Metadata

      Dervos, Dimitris A.; Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Budin, Gerhard; Swertz, Christian (Ergon-Verlag, 2006)
      This is a preprint of a paper published. Dervos, D. and Coleman, A. (2006). A Common Sense Approach to Defining Data, Information and Metadata. Advances in Knowledge Organization: Proceedings of the Ninth International Society for Knowledge Organization 2006 Conference, Vienna. June 2006, Edited by G. Budin and C. Swertz. Berlin: Ergon. Abstract: Many competing definitions for the terms data, information, metadata, and knowledge can be traced in the library and information science literature. The lack of a clear consensus in the way reference is made to the corresponding fundamental concepts is intensified if one considers additional disciplinary perspectives, e.g. database technology, data mining, etc. In the present paper, we use a common sense approach borrowed from the data mining community, which has successfully solved many data processing problems, to selectively survey the literature, and define these terms in a way that can advance the interdisciplinary development of information systems.
    • Commons-based digital libraries

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2006-03)
      This is a presentation of 30 slides at the Brown Bag Series, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana on 31 March 2006. Abstract: Commons-based digital libraries are an emerging phenomenon. They are based on a new vision of digital information organization and use. A definition of commons-based digital libraries, some examples, fundamental characteristics, emerging information behaviors, and preliminary results from a scholarly communication survey of LIS faculty will be presented.
    • Commons-based digital libraries

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2006)
      This is a submission to the "Interrogating the social realities of information and communications systems pre-conference workshop, ASIST AM 2006." Commons-based digital libraries (CBDL) are an emerging phenomenon â they are digital libraries based on notions of common pool resource management. Developing a CBDL framework will provide a sustainable and equitable vision for digital information management and use. The commons-based digital library is first defined followed by the essential aspects of the framework. The metaphorical meanings and theories of libraries, repositories, and the commons are not included. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact the author. Acknowledgments: Thanks to Blaise Cronin for very helpful comments on a very early draft. Thanks to the faculty at SLIS, Indiana University - they helped me develop some of these ideas by asking lots of hard questions. Thanks also to Heather Morrison for helping me flesh out the definition.
    • Competing information realities: Digital libraries, repositories and the commons

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Hastings, Samantha Kelly; Kraft, Donald H.; Rasmussen, Edie (2006)
      This is a forthcoming panel at ASIS&T AM 2006, Nov. 6, 2006 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Presenters: Donald Kraft, Louisiana State University & Editor, JASIST; Edie Rasmussen, University of British Columbia, Samantha Hastings, University of South Carolina & Editor, ASIS&T Monograph Series; and Anita Coleman, University of Arizona and Editor, dLIST. Sponsor: SIG DL. The goal of the panel is to explore the concept of the commons by framing it in the context of scholarly communication while also honing our understandings about digital libraries and repositories as technologies and socio-cultural artifacts. Panel members will uncover the pros and cons of the commons for LIS research and scholarly communication by describing the cognate and competing extant information realities. Edie Rasmussen will discuss the role of digital libraries in the commons. Anita Coleman, dLIST editor, the first open access archive for the information sciences will present her latest research about open access archives and the commons. Donald Kraft, Editor-in-chief of JASIST, will share his experiences editing a peer-reviewed ISI-ranked journal. Samantha Hastings, editor of ASIS&T monographs will share book publishing plans and concerns. This document contains brief overviews of the panel presentations together with the questions of each presenter for the audience/other panelists.
    • Controlled vocabularies as a sphere of influence

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Bracke, Paul; Raghavan, K. S.; Prasad, K. N. (New Delhi, India: Ess Ess Publications, 2006)
      This is a preprint of a paper published in Raghavan, K.S. and Prasad, K.N. (Editors). Assisted by S.K. Lalitha. Knowledge organization, information systems and other essays: Prof. A. Neelameghan festschrift. New Delhi: Ess Ess Publications for Ranganathan Centre for Information Studies, 2006. (pages 89 â 110). Abstract: Objective: The objective of this citation study is to understand the use and influence of the concept of â controlled vocabulariesâ in Geographic Information Science (GIS) as part of a larger goal to distinguish information science from information technology. Methods: Articles with pre-selected descriptors that represented the concept of â controlled vocabulariesâ within GIS were selected from GeoRef and validated in ISI indexes. Bibliographic coupling and content analysis of the article titles were used to draw clusters and understand the influence of the concept of controlled vocabularies in other discipline such as the geosciences. Results and Conclusion: The results from this analysis provide one perspective of the LIS sub-domain of â controlled vocabulariesâ as represented in GeoRef and used in the context of GIS research and scholarship. Findings are used to suggest future research directions to address issues related to better understanding of the concept of â controlled vocabulariesâ and the provision of knowledge organization tools that will promote interdisciplinary understanding. The creation of special, more-finely grained in-depth classifications and thesauri for the concept itself, namely, â controlled vocabularyâ is recommended.
    • Copyright Transfer Agreements and Self-Archiving

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Malone, Cheryl Knott (Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2005)
      Concerns about intellectual property rights are a significant barrier to the practice of scholarly self-archiving in institutional and other types of digital repositories. This introductory level, half-day tutorial will demystify the journal copyright transfer agreements (CTAs) that often are the source of these rights concerns of scholars. In addition, participants will be introduced to the deposit processes of self-archiving in an interdisciplinary repository and open access archive (OAA), such as DLIST, Digital Library for Information Science and Technology. Editor's Note: This is a 1-page summary of the tutorial at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL '05), June 7, 2005, Denver, Colorado. It does not include the actual tutorial. Contents: Introduction, Learning Outcomes, Topics to be covered, About the Presenters, and References.