Digital Library as Network and Community Center

December 18, 2006

Educational digital libraries (DLs) are grounded on the premise that educators can do a better job with less effort if they can easily find and reuse materials that are created by others (1, 2, 3, 4). In this model, success is predicated on the ability of the DL to engage its community in building relevant and useful collections and in using these resources to enhance teaching. In this article we highlight some key approaches that have been successful for the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC) in engaging geoscience educators, both as contributors and users in the Teach the Earth library.

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