Final doctoral research paper presented at JCDL 2005 Inaugural Doctoral Consortium, 7 June 2005, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Digital libraries have improved the availability of resources by leaps and bonds
compared to traditional libraries. The improved availability does not have much effect on improved
accessibility of resources. Accessibility is related to making the resources useable and useful for the
user . This shortcoming can be addressed by changing the focus from user-centered design to
learner-centered design of digital libraries. In this paper, I present a theory of learning that is a
natural fit for online digital libraries. Based on this theory, I will present a framework that provides
guidance for design and development of educational digital libraries. I call the resulting digital
libraries “Enabling Digital Libraries”. Enabling digital libraries are characterized by the
interactions that provide processes and representations that enable a learner to grasp a higher level
of understanding related to her task / information requirements / learning needs. I will show how
the conceptual framework can be used for evaluation of current digital libraries interfaces and how
can it be used to guide design of new generation of educational digital libraries.
Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Campus Box 430, Boulder, Colorado, USA 80309-0430
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Digital Libraries as Learning Environments: A Case for Enabling Digital Libraries