Presentation on theme: "Council on East Asian Libraries Annual Meeting"— Presentation transcript:
1 Council on East Asian Libraries Annual Meeting Open Access, Deep Web, and Online Collaboration in Chinese Studies: The FOREASt ExperienceTao YangCouncil on East Asian Libraries Annual MeetingPhiladelphiaMarch 25, 2010
2 A great irony…Tremendous growth of free and open access scholarly resources on the webOpen access journalsElectronic theses and dissertationsDisciplinary and institutional repositoriesDigital humanities & e-sciencesMass digitizationOnline government informationBut, can people find them?Library websites or OPACs provide only selective coverageGoogle may not be able to retrieve many free web resources – the deep web problem
3 Retrievable by general search engines Surface web:Retrievable by general search enginesDeep web:Not retrievable by general search enginesDeep Web: The Iceberg Analogy
4 A radical proposition… What if we build a virtual libraryconsisting entirely of free and open access resourcesselected and organized in the same way as commercial resources?Pros:Can be used by librarians to conveniently choose most relevant resources to populate their subject guidesCan be readily incorporated as a distinctive collection to supplement local print collection and fee-based e-collectionCan benefit users in all types of institutions, small and bigCan be easily accessed by users anywhere, anytime, barrier-freeCons:???
5 First-generation virtual libraries: Lessons learned First-generation virtual libraries: starting to fade awayEast Asian WWW VL: Last updated Nov 11, 1999Portal to Asian Internet Resources: Last updated September 14, 2005Internet Guide for China Studies: Last updated June 22, 2009Lessons learnedBe very selectiveBe interactiveBe collaborativeKeep it smallBe ready to adopt and migrate to new technologies
6 Project timeline2005: Involved in internal discussions on what free resources to include on the library web site at Yale2008: Started to talk about the idea with other East Asian librarians2009-: ImplementationApril: builtJune: public announcement to CEAL (100 resources)August: builtAs of March 2010300 resources (journals and databases)20,000 pageviews (comparable to major East Asian library websites)incorporated into 20 library and scholarly sites all over the world
13 Use casesLibrarians select resources from FOREASt to populate their own subject guidesLibrarians introduce FOREASt to their own users via web sites, database lists, and/or blogsScholars incorporate FOREASt on their own web sitesLibrarians use FOREASt in their instruction sessions