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CDI Collaborates with Secondary Education Service-Learning Course

Published: December 16, 2009 by Robin M. Katz

This Spring, the CDI is partnering with Dr. Barri Tinkler's EDSC 225: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Students in this service-learning course will use our collections to create webquests for Burlington High School classrooms. A webquest is a web-based inquiry activity that allows students to pursue answers to essential questions through the investigation of digital resources.

It is the CDI's goal to make primary sources available for K-12 students in Vermont and beyond. Collaborating with EDSC 225 will allow us to better reach high school students. This partnership also allows UVM Education students to learn about curriculum development and online learning resources in a hands-on, professional environment.

Want to sign up for this course? Matriculated and Continuing Education students can now use CRN 11333 to enroll. Contact the registrar for more details.

Interested in similarly collaborating with the CDI?   Email us!

Library Colleagues Tour the CDI

Published: December 11, 2009 by Robin M. Katz

Fiften of our colleagues attended yesterday's noontime presentation on the CDI organized by the library's Faculty and Staff Development Committee. In addition to touring our beautiful facilities on the third floor of the Bailey/Howe Library, those in attendance heard librarians Robin Katz and Sibyl Schaefer present on:

  • A walk-through of the CDI website
  • A brief history of the CDI
  • The CDI's current goal of creating and better serving a participatory user community
  • Our collection development process
  • Our project development process
  • Metadata standards and workflow
  • The endless possibilities for additions to the CDI
  • A sneak preview of upcoming collections

Thanks to those who came for the great questions and conversation afterwards.
If you are interested in scheduling a CDI presentation, please write to

Our New Proposal Process Announced in UVM TODAY

Published: December 02, 2009 by Robin M. Katz

UVM Today, our weekly campus newsletter, recently picked up on the CDI's new collection development process:

"The University of Vermont Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) is requesting proposals to expand their online digital holdings. While current collections within the CDI have made several of the Bailey/Howe Library's Special Collections available for viewing via the Web — from the photos of Burlington-based photographer Louis McAllister to writings about the Vermont dairy industry — the next phase of expanding the CDI will mean reaching out to the campus, public and other institutions to find research materials that may not currently reside within the library."

View the full story here. Then, submit a proposal.