ELI, Electronic Library Initiatives

American Digital Imaging Project: A grant-funded initiative to explore and assess innovative uses for images and text in teaching and learning of American studies, in the context of electronic library initiatives.
April 2002 - April 2005

Principal Investigator:
Danuta Nitecki, Associate University Librarian for Reader Services

Project Manager:
Karen Reardon, Manager of Web, Workstation & Digital Consulting Services

Faculty interested in participating in similar projects should contact Danuta Nitecki.

Background Documentation
Report on Yale's Imaging America Grant
Revised grant application

Submitted Grant Progress Reports
April - September 2002
September 2002 - December 2003
December 2003 - December 2004

Grant-Supported Courses
Spring 2003
Fall 2003
Spring 2004
Fall 2004
Spring 2005

Example Team Service Contacts
Team Hungerford, Spring 2004
Team Hungerford, Fall 2004

A library and teaching center collaboration to assess the impact of using digital images on teaching, learning, and library support
Danuta A. Nitecki and William Rando
VINE, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2004 (Resource restricted to on-campus use)

Yale Development Board, November 21, 2003
Electronic Library Initiative: evolving library support of teaching with digital content. Danuta Nitecki and Karen Reardon

Association of Yale Alumni Assembly LXIII: Yale's Museums, Libraries, and Collections. November 20, 2003 Danuta Nitecki and Karen Reardon

5th International Conference on Performance Measures
Durham, UK, July 28, 2003
A Library and a Teaching Center Collaboration to Assess the Impact of Using Digital Images on Teaching, Learning, and Library Support. Danuta Nitecki, Associate University Librarian for Reader Services and Willam Rando, Director McDougal Graduate Teaching Center at Yale

Digital Library Federation Spring Forum, May 2003
Designing a library support infrastructure for the use of digital content for teaching. Danuta Nitecki, Associate University Librarian for Reader Services & Systems; Karen Reardon, Manager of Web & Workstation Services

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
August 16, 2004
February 4, 2004
April 8, 2002

Six Working Groups have been established to support the project:

1. Product Design & Development
Continue design and implementation of Luna Insight in course preparation, delivery of digital images in the classroom, and for students to study images outside the classroom.

Digital Library Cross-Collection Search

  • Test and implement product enhancements including cross-collection searching, management of A/V clips, multi-view and annotation.
  • Coordinate creation and tracking of desired enhancement list with Luna Imaging, Inc.
  • Develop additional ways to help faculty manage and integrate their own information sources/collections (personal collections).
Karen Reardon, Chair
Brian Kupiec
Fred Martz
George Ouellette

2. Expand Digital Collections
In order to collect and organize up to 100,000 digital images over three years, insure images are appropriately identified, cataloged and organized for course support.

  • Create metadata standards for cataloging images.
  • Evaluate and implement efficient production environment.
Joan Swanekamp, Chair
Nicole Bouche
Lenore Rouse
Matthew Beacom
Rebekah Irwin
Katherine Haskins
Guidelines for using Library Metadata Core Fields in Personal Insight

3. Software Integration
Explore and evaluate integration of Insight with a variety of packages used across the campus.

  • Explore options for integration of images into classes.yale.edu.
  • Develop additional ways to help faculty manage and integrate their own information sources/collections (personal collections).
  • Explore mechanisms to integrate access to museum and gallery collections.
  • Explore integration with Library tools including SFX, MetaLib and Orbis2.
Fred Martz, Co-Chair
Karen Reardon, Co-Chair
Kim Parker
Ed Kairiss
Brian Farnham
George Ouellette
Steve Yearl

4. Copyright Guidelines
Maintain guidelines for copyright compliance and respect for intelletual property rights relating to digital images.

Copyright Circulars
  • Develop understanding of using electronic resources for course support.
  • Stay abreast of changes in copyright relating to digital and audio formats.
Scott Matheson, Chair
Judith Schwartz
Jennifer Weintraub

5. Instruction Services
Develop an instructional tool kit in collaboration with the ELI faculty support teams to facilitate use of digital images in teaching and learning. Specifically design instruction modules about:

  • use of ELI-supported image management systems (e.g. Insight, DL) and campus web course tools ( e.g. classes.yale.edu) by students and faculty;
  • "image literacy" skills to identify, retrieve and evaluate images, using various tools such as Insight, Orbis, Internet, finding aids, and museum catalogs;
  • utilization of images in presentation and "publication" for course work such as creating Web sites, Power Point presentation, and student papers.
Instruction Group White Paper

Insight Help Site
Insight Quick Guide
Prototype Image Finder Database

Katherine Haskins, Chair
Hannah Bennett
Sue Lorimer
Susan Brady
Pam Patterson
Sarah Coe
Susan Walker
Martha Smalley

6. Assessment
Develop and apply systematic assessment throughout the project to gain insights into quality service and product design.
  • Develop methods to evaluate the impact of digital images on the quality of teaching and learning, and evidence gained from application of these methods.
  • Explore pedagogical methods for maximizing the effects of these tools in order to improve student learning.
  • Develop an understanding of the infrastructure support needed for image collection to be accessible and used for teaching and learning.
  • Document and periodically report results.
Danuta Nitecki, Chair
Bill Rando




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