Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

August 27: Focus on Earth Science; NSDL as a research tool

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • Matters that Matter
    - Lee L. Zia, Lead Program Officer, National Science Digital Library- National Science Foundation
    A vision and the challenges associated with building the National Science Digital Library; and of exploring and adapting content, determining the context, and making connections in forming a learning community in order to teach the skills necessary to have a workforce capable of "a basic understanding of scientific and mathematical principles and practices, and the capacity to enlarge that understanding over time."

  • The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation)
    - Richard C. Wertz, Executive Director- Foundation for Earth Science
    Created by NASA in 1998, the ESIP Federation has grown to become a broad-based consortium of more than 75 organizations focused on advancing the Earth sciences by fostering collaborations and data sharing among a diverse coalition of governmental, research, educational, non-profit and commercial organizations.

  • The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
    - Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Senior Scientist, EET Principle Investigator, Center for Science Teaching and Learning- TERC
    DLESE is a distributed, community-led electronic library that facilitates access to resources for teaching and learning about the Earth at all educational levels. The library provides interfaces and tools to allow student exploration of geospatial materials and Earth datasets.

  • Earth Exploration Toolbook: Educational Uses of Earth System Science Datasets and Tools
    - Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Senior Scientist, EET Principle Investigator, Center for Science Teaching and Learning- TERC
    - Carla McAuliffe, EET Staff Development Specialist/Curriculum Developer, Center for Science Teaching and Learning- TERC
    - LuAnn Dahlman, EET Project Director/Curriculum Developer, Center for Science Teaching and Learning- TERC
    The Earth Exploration Toolbook was developed to meet the growing need for access to Earth science datasets and data analysis tools to help students understand the processes that shape the Earth system.

  • Ecoed.net and Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology
    - Jason Taylor, Education Program Manager- Ecological Society of America
    - Charlene D'Avanzo, Dean of Natural Science, Professor of Ecology- Hampshire College
    - Bruce W. Grant, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology- Widener University
    Ecoed.net is a partner in the Bioscience Education Network (BEN) a collaborative of more than 20 professional societies and coalitions of biology education partners with a purpose to coordinate the ongoing development of digital library collections for the teaching and learning of biology, with users at the center of the development.

  • GROW a National Civil Engineering Educational Resources Digital Library
    - Janice Lodato, GROW Project Manager- University of Arizona
    The Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Digital Library (GROW) from the University of Arizona, is an NSDL collection that features reviewed resources in civil engineering, including 100s of award-winning interactive multimedia resources created by the GROW team.

  • The NSDL as a test bed for digital library learning research
    - Anita Coleman, School of Information Resources & Library Science- University of Arizona, Tucson
    - Youfen Su, School of Information Resources & Library Science- University of Arizona, Tucson
    An essay presenting the NSDL as an infrastructure or test bed for large-scale and integrated research at the intersections of digital libraries and digital learning.