Report to the Digital Library Federation
Collections, services, and systems
Projects and programs
Specific digital library challenges
Digital library publications, policies, working papers, and other
I. Collections, services, and
A. Collections and
Digital Library provides access to scholarly materials, databases
of journal article abstracts and citations, electronic journals,
publishing tools, and reference databases for the University of
The CDL also builds
collections and provides public access to cultural heritage
materials though a variety of innovative programs, such as
programs that host digital government information and programs
that assist in the creation and dissemination of UC-produced
scholarship. In addition, the CDL pursues technological
innovations that enhance services for accessing, sharing,
manipulating, and integrating scholarly content in all forms.
CDL collections and
CaliforniaDigitalLibrary.org: Provides a single point of
access for the publicly available digital collections produced or
managed by UC.
Demonstrator: Allows users to search and view a collection of
art and architecture images drawn from museum and art
California: Offers "one-stop shopping" for government data
and statistics about California. http://countingcalifornia.cdlib.org/
CDL-Licensed Content: Lists the CDL's extensive collections
of digital resources, including article databases, more than
8,000 electronic journals, and reference texts. http://www.cdlib.org/directory/
Editions: Provides access to digital texts and monographs,
including more than 1400 UC Press titles. More than 400 of the
ebooks are available to the public.
Publications: Showcases other publications from the
eScholarship program, including interactive publications from the
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, legacy online journals such
as Dermatology Online Journal, and monographs from the UC
International and Area Studies Digital Collection.
Repository: This free, open-access repository infrastructure
supports the full range of scholarly output, from pre-publication
materials to journals and peer-reviewed series, by offering UC
departments direct control of publishing.
Catalog: A searchable catalog of library materials from the
10 UC campuses, the California State Library, the California
Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the
Center for Research Libraries, the Giannini Foundation of
Agricultural Economics Library, the Graduate Theological Union,
the Hastings College of the Law Library, and the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory Library.
of California (OAC): Federates collections of digital
materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and art held in the
libraries, museums, and archives across California through a
single, searchable database.
Enables UC faculty, students, and staff to enter requests from
the Melvyl Catalog and journal article databases for materials.
Items not available at a user's home campus are delivered via
Interlibrary Loan, while items available at a user's home campus
are delivered through the document delivery service.
Allows simultaneous searches across multiple journal databases,
book catalogs, and other information sources available through
the CDL and the UC campuses.
provides a way to easily move from an article or book citation in
an article database to the full online content of the item, or,
for print materials, to automatically look for a UC library
location of the item.
Melvyl – the
largest implementation of Ex Libris’ ALEPH
The legacy version of the University of California’s Melvyl
Catalog was retired August 1, 2003, replaced by a new Melvyl
catalog which can be found at http://melvyl.cdlib.org .
Melvyl has a new format and design, offers users a variety of
enhanced features, and contains completely updated data for the
library holdings of the UC system.
The Melvyl catalog
of the University of California (UC) contains over 23 million
records for material held by the libraries of the 10 campuses of
the UC system. The database is updated continually as material is
ordered, received, and cataloged by the libraries. Material from
libraries of selected University partners is also represented,
including records from Hastings School of Law, the Center for
Research Libraries, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, the California Academy
of Sciences Library, the California Historical Society Library,
and the Graduate Theological Union Library. Records from the
California State Library will be added by the end of 2003.
entries for many materials in formats beyond books and journals
(e.g., manuscripts, maps, visual media, microforms and government
documents) owned by the UC Libraries. In addition, predefined
subsets of the catalog have been created to allow dedicated
searching for online resources, for musical scores, and for sound
in the new catalog are refined and expanded search features that
are a significant advance over the legacy Melvyl catalog, itself
long known throughout the world as a pioneer in presenting
effective features to patrons.
Among the important
new features in Melvyl-T:
flexible search options, including phrase and proximity
Browsing by major indexes including author, title, subject, and
Expanded limiting and sorting of search results.
Display of foreign language materials using their native language
characters, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, and
Ability to return to previous searches and combine, review, or
save them into a personal workspace.
While the new
search and display features are available to all users of Melvyl
– both within and outside of UC – an additional
feature gives UC faculty, students, and staff the ability to
borrow material from another campus if unavailable at their home
campus via a simple “Request” button, an element
brought forward from legacy Melvyl. http://melvyl.cdlib.org/
based on Luna’s Insight. Seeks to assess Luna Insight as a
presentation and management platform for UC owned images. Goals
Assess ability of vendor to process METS records; may also
explore option of exporting in METS.
Evaluate technical issues related to UC/CDL hosting of Insight,
including options for distributed architecture across campus.
Assess workflow issues.
Assess content management capabilities.
Evaluate searching capabilities across collections, including
both UC-owned images and images licensed from other sources.
Evaluate personal collections feature.
Conduct assessment of UC faculty and graduate students about
using images in instruction and learning, and Insight’s
ability to meet their needs.
Projects and programs
A. New Projects
services, with tools designed for classroom instruction.
or portal tools for the discovery and integration of disparate
technologies that integrate digital materials into learning and
course management systems.
Delivery of digital
books to classrooms, labs, libraries, and individual readers.
B. New Programs
Preservation Program: The CDL hosts the UC libraries' digital
preservation program to ensure long-term availability and access
to digital content. http://www.cdlib.org/programs/digital_preservation.html.
See a complete list
of CDL programs with program descriptions at http://www.cdlib.org/programs/index.html.
III. Specific Digital Library
A selective list of
CDL’s grant-supported initiatives represents some of the
challenges that we believe deserve extraordinary attention. The
list, available at http://www.cdlib.org/partners/index.html,
collections into teaching and learning: The CDL is a collaborator
in a study by Dr. Diane Harley, Center for Studies in Higher
Education at UC Berkeley, to investigate the use of unrestricted
digital collections in undergraduate teaching. $200,000 grant
from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation. August 2003-July 2005.
The CDL has
launched a study which attempts to extend the National Science
Digital Library's value and encourage its use in teaching and
research by integrating it into the much more extensive
scientific collections that are managed by the 10 campus-based
research libraries of the University of California, and
presenting it by those libraries in ways that are particularly
meaningful to their local patrons. Supported by a $424,000 NSF
grant. October 2003- September 2005.
digital materials: Investigation of the technical alternatives
for harvesting, organizing, and preserving web-based government
information. $150,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
October 2002-September 2003.
A second project
will create a pilot digital preservation repository for
multi-institutional use, based on the OAIS model for digital
preservation. $374,736 grant from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services. November 2001 (ongoing).
Management of mixed
print and digital collections: UC’s Systemwide Library
Planning is exploring how scholars and libraries can best
integrate and preserve collections of scholarly journals that are
published in both print and digital forms. $670,000 grant from
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. January 2001-September 2003.
Best practices for
digitizing cultural heritage materials and finding aids: Supports
the creation of and permanent access to standardized metadata and
digital images through the OAC. $488,148 awarded in three grants
from the California State Library's Library Services Technology
Act (LSTA). August 2001-September 2003.
of scholarly communication: Supports experimentation in the
dissemination of research findings. $167,836 grant from the
Scholarly Publishing Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). April
IV. Digital library publications,
policies, working papers, and other documents
reports and published articles are available at http://www.cdlib.org/news/index.html.