LITA President's Program 2001 ALA Annual Conference

The Distributed Digital Library: Putting the Pieces Together

Monday, June 18 at 2p.m. - 4p.m., in the Palace Hotel, Grand Ballroom. President's Reception immediately following from 4p.m. - 6p.m., in the Palace Hotel, Ralston Room.

LITA Awards and LITA Scholarships will be presented beginning at 2p.m.. The Distributed Digital Library discussion will immediately follow.

Join LITA President Sara Randall in welcoming the distinguished speakers, Priscilla Caplan, Daniel Greenstein, and Clifford Lynch, to the LITA President's Program. They will discuss digital libraries that are distrubuted across the network and the issues that a distributed model involves including discovery of collections, linking between resources, and authentication among others. Daniel Greenstein will open the discussion with a talk on the Open Archives Initiative as a solution to the deep or hidden internet problem of digital resources stored in databases that are not accessible by search engines. Priscilla Caplan will speak about linking issues in distributed digital libraries, including OpenURL, Cross-Ref, and local copy issues. Clifford Lynch will provide reaction to the issues the first two panelists discuss and will cover other challenges for distributed digital collections, such as reputation, trust and other related issues.

Daniel Greenstein, has been the Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation since 1999. Prior to this position he was Director, Arts and Humanities Data Service in Great Britain. Mr. Greenstein is the author of numerous information technology articles, the books A Historian's Guide to Computing and A Strategic Framework for Creating and Preserving Digital Resources (with Neil Beagrie), and editor with Paul Miller of Discovering online resources across the humanities: a practical implementation of the Dublin Core.

Priscilla Caplan is the Assistant Director of Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for Library Automation. Ms. Caplan's professional activities include, Chair of the National Information Standards Organization's (NISO) Standards Development Committee, member of the NISO Board of Directors, member of the Dublin Core Advisory Committee, 1998-2000, and Co-Chair of the Dublin Core Standardization Working Group, 1999-2000.

Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. Prior to joining CNI, Mr. Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. In addition to his work with CNI, he is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems, is a past president of the American Society for Information Science, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and NISO, and currently serves on the Internet 2 Applications Council. He was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) committee that recently published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure, and now serves on the NRC's committee on Broadband Last-Mile Technology.

Immediately following the President's Program stay for the LITA President's Reception at 4p.m. The President's Reception will be held at the Palace Hotel, Ralston Room.

Program and reception made possible with support from Blackwell's Book Services.

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