Tutorials will be offered on Monday, June 15 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


  • Deploying and Customizing DSpace. (Full day; Level Introductory). CANCELED
  • Introduction to Teaching / Learning about Digital Libraries. (Full day; Level Introductory to Intermediate).
    This tutorial will provide a thorough and deep introduction to the DL field, introducing and building upon a firm theoretical foundation (starting with “5S”: Streams, Structures, Spaces, Scenarios, Societies), giving careful definitions and explanations of all the key parts of a “minimal digital library”, and expanding from that basis to cover key DL issues, illustrated with a well-chosen set of case studies. Preliminary results from an NSF grant to develop DL curriculum (see http://curric.dlib.vt.edu/) will be presented, including descriptions (aimed at teachers and learners) of the major modules and sub-modules that cover the core DL topics and related topics (especially the 13 sub-modules used to teach a graduate course on digital libraries at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2008). There also will be a brief demonstration of digital preservation visualizations being taught in Second Life in connection with a new small UNC-CH/VT NSF grant.

    Edward Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell, and a B.S. from M.I.T. Since 1983 he has been at Virginia Tech, where he serves as Professor. He directs VT’s Digital Library Research Laboratory and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. He was chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries, and is on the steering committees for JCDL and ICADL. He has been (co) PI on 100 research and development projects. In addition to his courses at Virginia Tech (including on digital libraries), Dr. Fox has taught over 70 tutorials in more than 25 countries. He has given more than 60 keynote/ banquet/international invited/distinguished speaker presentations, 140 refereed conference/workshop papers, and 300 additional papers/presentations. He has co-authored/edited more than 13 books, 83 journal/magazine articles, 37 book chapters, and many reports. Fox was Co-Editor-in-Chief for ACM JERIC, and is on the boards of TOIS, IJDL, IP&M, J. UCS, Multimedia Tools & Applications, etc.
  • Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) in Digital Libraries.  (Full day; Level Introductory to Intermediate). CANCELED
  • Lightweight User Studies for Digital Libraries. (Full day; Level Introductory).

    User studies are useful tools for both researchers and practitioners. They offer a means of identifying user needs, responses to technologies and institutional values. In turn, the findings of such studies can shape the practical organization of an active digital library, or the design of DL software being built by a researcher. This tutorial will introduce those with little experience of performing user studies to a range of effective methods that assume little expertise. The goal of the tutorial is to equip each participant with techniques that they can quickly put to use in the field. George Buchanan is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at City University, London. George recently joined the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City, moving from the Future Interaction Technology Laboratory at Swansea University. He has extensively published on CHI issues in Digital Libraries. He recently ran a tutorial on DL usability at the International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), in Bali, December 2008. Sally Jo Cunningham is Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Sally Jo is a member of the New Zealand Digital Library Group and also of the Human-Computer Interaction Research Group at Waikato. She has extensive teaching and research experience in HCI as applied to information resources.
  • Preservation Planning: Planning for Optimal Long-term Digital Preservation Solutions. (Full day; Level Introductory).The rapid technological changes in today’s information landscape have considerably turned the preservation of digital information into a pressing challenge. A lot of different strategies, i.e. preservation actions, have been proposed to tackle this challenge. However, which strategy to choose, and subsequently which tools to select to implement it, poses significant challenges. Creating a concrete plan for preserving an institution’s collection of digital objects requires the evaluation of available tools against clearly defined and measurable criteria. Preservation planning aids in this decision making process to find the best preservation strategy considering the institution’s requirements, the planning context and possible actions applicable to the objects contained in the repository. Performed manually, this evaluation of possible solutions against requirements takes a good deal of time and effort. Plato, a web based, interactive software tool, supports and partly automates this process. This tutorial will show by means of Plato, how to create such a preservation plan. Attendees shall learn how to build a preservation plan from scratch by undergoing all steps required to arrive at a well informed recommendation for a solution to adopt. The main objectives will be to recognize the importance of becoming clear about the institution’s inert requirements, evaluating possible preservation strategies and analyzing them.

    Hannes Kulovits is currently a PhD researcher at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at the Vienna University of Technology. He received his Master in Business Informatics from the Vienna University of Technology in 2005. He is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Preservation where his main focus lies in Preservation Planning and Recommender Systems. Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at the Vienna University of Technology. He is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Libraries, focusing on the organization and exploration of large information spaces, as well as Web archiving and digital preservation. His research interests cover the broad scope of digital libraries, including specifically text and music information retrieval and organization, information visualization, as well as data analysis and neural computation. He is involved in numerous initiatives in the area of digital preservation, such as DPE - Digital Preservation Europe; Planets - Preservation and Long-term Access Networked Services; nestor - Network of expertise in Digital long-term preservation. He has been lecturing extensively on this subject at different universities, as part of the DELOS and nestor summer schools on digital preservation, as well as during a range of training events on digital preservation.

Half-day Tutorials

  • Building Digital Library Collections with Greenstone. (Morning 9 am - 12 pm; Level Introductory) CANCELED
  • Advanced Uses of Greenstone. (Afternoon 1 pm - 5 pm; Level Intermediate to Advanced). CANCELED

To register for workshops please see the JCDL 2009 registration site. Early registration ends on May 25th, 2009 at midnight (CDT).