• Collaboration Services in a Participatory Digital Library: An Emerging Design

      Sonnenwald, Diane H.; Marchionini, Gary; Wildemuth, Barbara M.; Dempsey, Bert J.; Viles, Charles R.; Tibbo, Helen R.; Smith, John B. (1999)
      Digital libraries need to provide and extend traditional library services in the digital environment. This paper presents a project that will provide and extend library services through the development of a sharium-a workspace with rich content and powerful tools where people can collaborate with others or work independently to explore information resources, learn, and solve their information problems. A sharium is a learning environment that combines the features of a collaboratory, where people collectively engage in research by sharing rich information resources, and a local library, where people come to meet, find information resources, and discuss common interests. To achieve this, collaboration services that build on synchronous and asynchronous communication technology should be integrated with other digital library services, including searching, browsing, and information management and authoring services. This paper presents our motivation for providing collaboration services and describes the types of collaboration services that will be included in the digital library.
    • Interactional Digital Libraries: introduction to a special issue on Interactivity in Digital Libraries

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Oxnam, Maliaca; McKnigh, Cliff; Ashman, Helen; Coleman, Anita; Dillon, Andrew; Hall, Wendy; Koch, Traugott; Leggett, John; Lowe, David; et al. (IAM Research Group, 2002-05)
      Advances in Internet technologies have made it seemingly possible and easy to create digital collections, repositories and libraries. However, supporting diverse information uses that facilitate interaction beyond searching and browsing is in the early stages. Interactive digital libraries, or interactional digital libraries as we prefer to call them, are still evolving. This special issue tries to bring together work that is being done to incorporate interactivity in digital libraries.