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The Potomac Valley Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology,
and the DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association present:

~ Special Program:  Luncheon at the Supreme Court ~

"Technical Challenges of Digital Libraries for Children"

WHEN:  Friday, November 5th, 2004

TIME:   11:00am - 2:00pm
LOCATION:  Supreme Court Building, Washington DC

DETAILS:   Enter the "Maryland Avenue" Entrance to the building. Map of the area.

METRO:  Orange/Blue Line to South Capitol, or Red Line to Union Station

SPEAKERS:  Allison Druin and Ann Weeks from the College of Information Studies (CLIS) at the 
University of Maryland

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn about an incredible topic at 
a historic and extraordinary venue!

Please join PVC ASIS&T and DC/SLA for a wonderful lunch at the SupremeCourt Building as ALLISON DRUIN and ANN WEEKS of College of Information Studies (CLIS) at the University of Maryland discuss the technical challenges of an informative and educational digital library--specifically the technical evolution, difficulties, and successes of the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) project.http://www.icdlbooks.org 

You'll also have the opportunity to meet the newest Head Librarian, JUDITH GASKELL, recently appointed as the 10th librarian to the country's highest court--who has graciously offered to sponsor this fantastic event. Prior to being named for a position with the Court, she served 20 years as director of DePaul's Rinn Law Library in Chicago, worked at the University Of Chicago Law Library, and has library and law degrees.

ABOUT THE TOPIC: When creating a digitial library for the world's children, there are technical chllanges in supporting international fonts, books, and meta data sent to us from around the world. There are also design opportunities and challenges in creating tools for children. Our research in developing and evaluating the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) has led us to partner with national libraries, schools, authors, and publishers from around the world, as well as elementary-aged children in our lab at the University of Maryland. As our research enters the start of its third year, we have begun to focus on library personalization and multiple search interfaces for children and adults. In our talk, we will demonstrate the newest interfaces of the ICDL, and discuss the opportunies and challenges we have faced in our research.

The International Children's Digital Library is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

ABOUT THE ICDL: Imagine a world where a comprehensive library of international children's literature is available to all children across the globe. Imagine a technology that can cost effectively digitize massive amounts of information dedicated to the needs of children. These visions capture the mission of The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL); A vision to use technology to help strengthen existing libraries worldwide by providing a large-scale digital archive of literature for children ages three to thirteen.

Allison Druin is a commissioner on the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science appointed by the White House and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  The Commission helps to effect U.S. policy concerning libraries and the dissemination and use of information.

Questions? Please email Nichole McNeely-Kallas 

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