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November 2004, Issue #63



NSDL 2004 Annual Report Available at the Annual Meeting
November 2004 -- NSDL's "2004 Annual Report: Highlighting Successful Strategies for Growth" will be distributed at the upcoming Annual Meeting. Special thanks to the NSDL Educational Impact and Evaluation Committee chaired by Anita Coleman and Laura Bartolo, for contributing time and expertise in making this report possible. Please contact Maureen Donovan at the meeting, or by email if you would like additional copies. The 2004 Annual Report may also be downloaded from
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NSDL Annual Meeting Highlights, November 14-17, 2004, Chicago, IL
November 2004 -- The final schedule for the rich array of sessions planned for this year?s meeting has been posted at The following highlights are among many notable sessions offered during this lively four-day event:

Welcome to New Projects/New People--Introduction to the basics of community structure, technical frameworks, and project support systems on Sun. Nov. 14 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. The session will also provide an overview of the Annual Meeting with suggestions for maximizing the benefits of the meetings sessions and networking opportunities.

Community Posters!--Two poster sessions are planned during the Annual Meeting: Monday, Nov. 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and Tuesday Nov. 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Be sure and take advantage of this informal opportunity to meet colleagues and to get an overview of what's new in NSDL. Updates--Before the Annual Meeting, the team will release an updated look-and-feel for the web site to freshen the look and feel, to highlight what NSDL is about, and to provide easy user access to search, AskNSDL, and Pathways portals. Following this update, Comm Portal and Community tab content will be consolidated at, eliminating the Gforge interface. To provide feedback on changes to the community pages at the Annual Meeting, please come to the Crit Lab "Calling All Projects: Improving the NSDL Community Pages" from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Nov. 17. Send any comments or questions to Susan Jesuroga .

NSDL Publishing Models--Which type of electronic news and features publishing model makes sense to reach specific audiences? How do we get the word out and/or provide a focused view into an education digital library? Panelists from ENC, The Internet Scout Project and NSDL will talk about publications in a panel "Electronic News and Features Publishing Models" led by NSDL Communications Director Carol Minton Morris on Mon. Nov. 15 from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Access to the Deep Web--NSDL Collections Development Director John Saylor will lead a panel discussion "Access to the Deep Web" from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday Nov. 15. Issues around various approaches will be presented by panelists representing Yahoo!, Elsevier, and
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Next Issue of Whiteboard Report
Next Issue of Whiteboard Report November 2004 -- Look for issue 64 of NSDL Whiteboard Report with an update from NSDL's Annual Meeting on Dec. 1. Please send news and notes for inclusion by Friday Nov. 26.
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Making Community Work: Call for Nominations to NSDL's Policy Committee
November 2004 -- As an initial step in the process of selecting a slate of candidates for the NSDL Policy Committee, the Nominating Committee is putting out this call for nominations. There are three openings on the Policy Committee for a three-year term that begins with the first policy committee meeting early in 2005.

The Nominating Process
- The Nominating Committee will accept nominations through Wednesday, November 24.
- We will contact eligible nominees, request further information from them, and conduct phone interviews.
- We will select a slate of three candidates who we believe represent the broad constituency of the NSDL. On January 14, we will present this slate to the Assembly via an email to all project PIs.
- Project PIs will vote to approve or reject the slate by February 4. Each funded project has one vote.

The Nominating Committee has been appointed by the current Policy Committee and the chairs of the Standing Committees. Members are listed below. This process is defined by the current NSDL Working Structure ( >Community >Documents).

Nominating Committee members and continuing Policy Committee members will all be attending the All-Projects meeting in Chicago, where each group will present an informational poster. Feel free to stop by during the poster sessions or to talk with any of us if you have questions about the open positions or the selection process.

About the Policy Committee
- Represents and helps build the NSDL community, through general communications and focused efforts by Standing Committees and ad hoc groups
- In collaboration with the Core Integration (CI) team, identifies and prioritizes common NSDL issues and needs
- Formulates and evolves practical policies and guidelines that respond to these issues and needs, and recommends them to implementers
- Coordinates the activities of the Standing Committees, Subcommittees, Taskforces, Workshops, Forums, and individual projects in concert with the CI team in a manner that builds synergy with all NSDL stakeholders.

The PC is currently planning three forums in the coming year on topics of concern for the NSDL community and is participating in strategic planning meeting with the NSF and CI.

Five current members of the Policy Committee will continue to serve: Katherine Hanson (current Vice Chair); Bill Mischo, who joined in 2003; Rachel Bower; Lillian (Boots) Cassell; and Steve Weimar, who joined in 2004. Information about current members is available at

Nomination and Selection
- Nominees should be actively involved in the NSDL, with broad connections to NSDL projects and users.
- Nominees do not have to be a current or past PI of an NSDL project.
- Individuals can nominate themselves.
- Past members of the Policy Committee are eligible for re-election.
- Policy Committee members serve a three-year term. The committee meets regularly throughout the year. Overall workload is about three weeks per year and includes some travel.
- Travel and other incidental expenses incurred for committee work (e.g., travel to meetings) is covered by the NSDL. Time spent on the Policy Committee is not reimbursed and is considered a service to the NSDL.
- The overall Policy Committee should represent the diversity of the NSDL community, taking into consideration content or discipline expertise, project type and size, geographic distribution, institution or audience type, gender and ethnic background, and number of years of association with the NSDL. Accordingly, candidates should be well versed in the broad concerns of educational institutions and be able to understand the concerns of projects different from their own.
- Candidates should demonstrate a passion and vision for building an NSDL-of-the-future that transforms the way we engage all citizens in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Submitting Nominations
We encourage all members of the NSDL Assembly to carefully consider potential nominees and submit their names for nomination. You will be able to drop off nominations at the poster session table or email nominations to Ted Sicker (, and Sarita Nair ( Please include the nominee?s email address and phone number, and given the considerations listed above, why you believe your nominee would be a good choice for the Policy Committee.

The Nominating Committee
- Ted Sicker, Chair, ( , WGBH Educational Foundation: Teachers? Domain Pathways Project) - Sarita Nair, Vice Chair (, EDC: GSDL and Career Resources Network)
- Howard Burrows (, ESIP Federation: NSDL Policy Committee)
- Kaye Howe (, NSDL Core Integration)
- Reagan Moore, (, SDSC: NSDL CI Persistent Archive)
- Jeanne Narum (, Project Kaleidoscope)
- Marcia Zeng (, Kent State University: Metadata Quality Project and GREEN Project)
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Virtual Books in a Virtual Library
Naomi Dushay's article in the October 2004 issue of D-Lib Magazine, "Visualizing Bibliographic Metadata--A Virtual (Book) Spine Viewer," reviews research into improving the user experience of computer mediated information discovery by applying information visualization techniques to the digital library context, while retaining traditional information organization concepts.
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So Many NSDL Posters, So Little Time
Find out more about NSDL's Annual Meeting posters using the Poster Finder.
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Windmill Whirligigs
Windmill-powered whirligigs at the intersection of science and art.
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