ISR Colloquium Speaker

Christine L. Borgman

Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
“The Interaction of Community and Individual Practices in the Design of a Digital Library”
Friday, April 9, 2004 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Faculty Host: 

Email RSVP required to Steve Ponting at sponting @ by Tuesday, April 6.

ICS2 136

No cost to attend.


Click here for directions and parking information.


For a single digital library to serve multiple communities, design must be based on an understanding of practices in each of the communities and of relationships between those practices. I will describe findings from two large, collaborative research projects, the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT) and the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Our findings suggest that users’ roles, and the degree to which those roles are based on individual or community interests, is an important determinant of how and whether they will use a digital library. In turn, the effect of users’ roles varies by the type of content in the digital library (i.e., primary vs. secondary sources) and by the user’s level of expertise in the knowledge domain. Despite these complicating factors, digital libraries have the potential to align the activities of scientists and students by providing context for the scientific process and by representing data in ways that are useful for multiple purposes.

About the Speaker: 

Christine L. Borgman holds the Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, where she is a Professor in the Department of Information Studies. Prof. Borgman’s teaching and research interests include digital libraries, human-computer interaction, information-seeking behavior, learning in science, scholarly communication, electronic publishing, bibliometrics, and information technology policy. She is a co-principal investigator for the Center for Embedded Networked Systems (CENS) and for the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT) project, both funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research also has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Council on Library Resources, the British Library, and UCLA sources, including the Center for European and Russian Studies, International and Overseas Programs, Center for the Study of Women, and the Academic Senate. She served as Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science (since renamed Department of Information Studies) from 1995 to 1997. From 1996-2002 she was also Visiting Professor in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University in England. She was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Economic Sciences and at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has lectured or conducted research in more than 20 countries.