This year's annual Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference was held May 30-June 3 in Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia. Each year, the conference focuses on two themes: The first covers research and development and the second addresses advances in applications and practices. This year's themes were What Can Digital Libraries Do That Traditional Libraries Cannot? Or in Addition To? and Building a Small Digital Library and Digital Network. For more information as well as this year's papers, visit http://www.ffos.hr/lida. (All photos by Emil Levine.)
Next Year's Conference
LIDA 2006 will again be held in Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia, from May 29 to June 4, 2006. The themes will be Cultural and Social Effects and Place of Digital Libraries and Building a Digital Library for Children and Young Adults. More details about the conference are available at http://www.ffos.hr/lida/2006.
Richard E. Stem from Seton Hall University described and demonstrated 'Co-Browsing at the Reference Desk: In co-browsing, patron and reference librarians sit together but use separate terminals, mouses, and keyboards. This allows the patron to fully participate in the reference transaction. The system has been adopted by the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing.
In her keynote, 'e-Science, Information Infrastructure, and Digital Libraries; Christine L. Borgman, professor and presidential chair of information studies at UCL4, defined the U.K.'s e Science Initiative as 'large scale science [that is] carried out through distributed global collaborations enabled by the [I]nternet....' She said that by using data generated from sensors, satellites, and high performance computer simulations, the initiative will provide 'access to very large data collections, very large scale computing resources, and high performance visualization....' She also stated that it will soon 'dwarf all of the scientific data collected in the whole history of scientific exploration.'
Jeffrey Pomerantz from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill described NCKnows (http://ncknows.org), a statewide chat-based reference service that provides electronic information from more than 5,500 newspapers, journals, and magazines. Reference librarians and UNC patrons can interact online to search …