Session Title

Creating a Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library: Developing a Shared Open Access Collection with Constituent Institutional Repositories

Location

KIPJ D

Session Type

Concurrent Session

Start Date

28-4-2016 3:25 PM

End Date

28-4-2016 4:10 PM

Keywords

open access, institutional repository, interdisciplinary collaboration, multilingual, open educational resources (OER), data sharing, open source

Abstract

The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL.org) is “a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation.”

The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library was begun under the auspices of the “Books for Pastors” program of the denomination’s International Board of Education and intended as a means for providing free educational resources to students without easy access to “brick and mortar” libraries. Although this mission remains vital to WHDL, the project has grown in scope and significance. Among its distinctives are:

  • One of the most robust platforms for the delivery of digital content in languages other than English; at present there are 58 languages represented, including Bulgarian, Chichewa, and Malagasy. The site itself may be read in English, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • WHDL is a shared collection but is being expanded so that participating institutions can create bona fide institutional repositories—separate instances—for their respective institutions.
  • IBOE leadership has met with top-level campus administrators at each of the eight U.S. liberal arts institutions affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, the goal of which was to generate support and enthusiasm for the project.

This presentation will focus on the collaborative inter-campus nature of WHDL, the role of church and campus leadership in bringing it to fruition, and the mission focus on the accommodation of diverse languages.

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Apr 28th, 3:25 PM Apr 28th, 4:10 PM

Creating a Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library: Developing a Shared Open Access Collection with Constituent Institutional Repositories

KIPJ D

The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL.org) is “a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation.”

The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library was begun under the auspices of the “Books for Pastors” program of the denomination’s International Board of Education and intended as a means for providing free educational resources to students without easy access to “brick and mortar” libraries. Although this mission remains vital to WHDL, the project has grown in scope and significance. Among its distinctives are:

  • One of the most robust platforms for the delivery of digital content in languages other than English; at present there are 58 languages represented, including Bulgarian, Chichewa, and Malagasy. The site itself may be read in English, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • WHDL is a shared collection but is being expanded so that participating institutions can create bona fide institutional repositories—separate instances—for their respective institutions.
  • IBOE leadership has met with top-level campus administrators at each of the eight U.S. liberal arts institutions affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, the goal of which was to generate support and enthusiasm for the project.

This presentation will focus on the collaborative inter-campus nature of WHDL, the role of church and campus leadership in bringing it to fruition, and the mission focus on the accommodation of diverse languages.