The digital library area encompasses a wide array of topics and in this issue D-Lib covers three of the most important.
Advances in resource description and discovery have been key to the past two decades of digital library evolution and two articles in this issue illustrate and add to our understanding of some of the current trends in this area. Our lead article is from Tony Hammond at Nature, who describes their case study integrating OpenSearch and SRU on top of a common base service. We also feature an article from James Powell and colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory on semantically enhancing library collections. In both cases we see a movement away from traditional bibliographic and text based search services to a world in which search is a service that can be externalized, merged into other capabilities and in which the subject material can be enhanced as well as sliced and diced into more finely-grained units.
A second pair of articles deals with libraries and education, a pairing that has been essential to both for centuries. An article by Albert Cervera at the Open University of Catalonia shows the tight integration of library services in the University's learning model. The second article in this area, by Karen Markey and colleagues at the University of Michigan and other institutions, reports on the use of a game-based approach to teach information literacy skills in the era of Google.
A third important topic, which D-Lib has long covered, is access to journal literature and the business of publishing and libraries. Here, we have an opinion piece from well-known open-access advocate, Stevan Harnad, on no-fault peer review charges.
Finally, we have a report on the 2009 Joint CENDI/NKOS Workshop from Marcia Lei Zeng and our usual, and we hope useful, collection of smaller pieces.
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