Funding for the development of the Alexandria Digital Library middleware and the ADEPT Virtual Learning Environment, under the NSF DLI2 initiative, has now ended. Future support for enhancement and dissemination of the operational library infrastructure will be provided by the Davidson Library UCSB. ADL technology will be the starting point for designing a distributed geospatial library network funded by the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Initiative. Please see www.ngda.org for more information.
The educational evaluation component of the DLI2 project continued into 2005, and further work on the ADEPT software and its broader deployment are under way via a joint U.S. (NSF) and U.K. (JISC) funded project: DialogPlus - Digital Libraries in Support of Innovative Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Geography.
A team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Santa Barbara are conducting a study of the undergraduate use of technology-supported learning, focusing primarily on the classroom use of ADEPT. See ADEPT Undergraduate Implementation.
The publications about phase I ADL evaluation are:
Hill, L. L., Dolin, R., Frew, J., Kemp, R. B., Larsgaard, M., Montello, D. R., Rae, M.-A., & Simpson, J. (1997). User evaluation: summary of the methodologies and results for the Alexandria Digital Library, University of California at Santa Barbara. In C. Schwartz & M. Rorvig (Eds.), Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November 1997. (pp. 225-243, 369). Medford, NJ: Information Today.
Hill, L. L., Carver, L., Dolin, R., Frew, J., Larsgaard, M., Rae, M.-A.,
& Smith, T. R. (2000). Alexandria Digital Library: User evaluation
studies and system design. Journal of the American Society for Information
Science (Special issue on Digital Libraries), 51(3), 246-259.