Creation of digital libraries for clinical medicine

November 18, 2013

“Renewed Commitment to Outstanding Research Aimed at Intractable Problems” is the theme of the Emporia State University, School of Library and Information Management Ph.D. Fall Research Forum on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at ESU-Kansas City in Overland Park.

Dr. Steven MacCall, associate professor and interim director of the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies will speak about his research in the theory, history, design, development and deployment of cooperative organizing of online texts, textual artifacts, and digital special collection materials. MacCall suggests an “online book” model that will enable and account for textual production, artifact organization, transition, multiplication, reception and use across distributed online library networks.

MacCall’s past knowledge organization research that informs present day activities includes the creation of a working digital libraries model for clinical medicine. MacCall served as the co-director of the Clinical Digital Libraries project, an inter-institutional research project with the University of North Texas, and as coordinator of the Digital Libraries Navigation Lab, a web hosting service and software design lab for the Clinical Digital Libraries Project. This project resulted in the issuance of a patent and membership in the Alabama Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

ESU students and faculty are encouraged to attend. This semiannual SLIM Ph.D. research forum is held during fall and spring semesters. The 2014 spring forum will be on April 12, 2014, at ESU-Kansas City.  For more information, please contact Dr. Mirah Dow, director of the PhD degree program at 620-341-5203 or



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