In this proposal, a consortium of NSDL developers (the Math Forum, MERLOT, iLumina, and Utah State University) seeks to improve the evaluation of educational DLs by advancing the state-of-the-art in evaluation, and by enhancing the evaluation capacity of NSDL projects and hence all digital libraries to conduct effective evaluations. The centerpiece of our approach will be the development of the Evaluation Community for Online Resources and Education -ECORE, an elearning, virtual and real collaboratory workspace designed for all digital library evaluators, prospective evaluators and members of the NSDL community to: a) share knowledge and resources relevant to educational digital library evaluation; b) create and refine existing toolsets and create new toolsets and resources to meet existing digital library evaluation needs; and c) help build the capacity of DL projects to plan and conduct effective evaluations of their services and collections, through access to evaluation resources, as well as through active and interactive outreach efforts.
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