May 25, 2005

Why librarians should care about EDUCAUSE

I first discovered EDUCAUSE when I began my research on wikis. I quickly found Brian Lamb's article Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not in the EDUCAUSE Review.

Since then, it's like a good dream that won't go away. It consistently comes up in all of my searching and surfing relating to information technology and education.

This week I have been looking for information on laptop programs in universities. I can't remember how I got to the EDUCAUSE site (Google search, good memories, . . .) but once I did I finally found the real reason I love EDUCAUSE so much. It's the Resource Center section of the site.

This is the best combination of searching and browsing I have seen in a while. Well, I guess some of the options are a bit hidden which is why I spent a while poking around on the Laptop and Notebook Computing page before I realized there were dozens more like it.

Each topic page is broken down into categories such as Core Content, Related Resources and Conference Resources. Each entry on the page has its own very well organized and informative abstract (better than most databases I've seen) and a clear indication of how the resource can be accessed (what file format, etc.)

The browse options on the left hand side give subtopics, parent topics and related topics. And the search and browse options are located right beside each other and don't go away when you are viewing the results. It's a librarian's dream.

Finally, in an effort to locate my enthusiasm for EDUCAUSE in a more professional context, my Feedster search turned up an entry in Lorcan Dempsey's weblog that praises EDUCAUSE as an example the library profession would do well to follow for professional publication and knowledge sharing. What more can I add to that?

Posted by cminor at May 25, 2005 7:26 PM | TrackBack