Journal of Chemical Education Digital Library


Jon L. Holmes, Journal of Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 209 N. Brooks St., Madison, WI 53715-1116 and J.W. Moore, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706.
The Journal of Chemical Education has a long tradition of providing chemistry teachers with the information they need to perform their craft. Extending that tradition into the digital realm of the Internet has posed some challenges. To help meet those challenges, JCE has joined with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) project of the NSF and is building the JCE Digital Library.

Developing a digital library collection has taught JCE, the publisher, several lessons in how to play the role of a library. The lessons include: choosing a meta data standard, developing a controlled vocabulary for our meta data; making decisions about the granularity of our meta data, devising a system for integrating the assignment of meta data into our publishing workflow, deploying a system to make our meta data available to meta data repositories, and constructing a new area of JCE Online, the JCE WWW site, to house our collection.

Here, we will discuss the challenges of constructing a digital library collection and present our solutions to some of the problems we have encountered along the way. We will look at the process of constructing a library collection from the perspective of a small publisher of an academic journal.