What constitutes an IDLS varies from one library to the next.
The following goals for creating the IDLS have been met:
These partners--Microsoft, IBM, Open Text, Geac, Navantis, and Corus Entertainment--made expertise and technology available that would eventually result in the IDLS.
The IDLS was designed to evolve as 3 integrated modules:
The final major component of the technology infrastructure implemented as part of the IDLS was a Storage Area Network (SAN) upon which to store the Library's digital content, as well as Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software to manage that content.
The Information Systems Organization The IDLS brought with it significant changes in the responsibilities and core competencies of CNIB's Information Systems (IS) organization.
The Technology Blueprint With the infusion of the IDLS technology, the worldwide portal access to Library services, and a Data Centre with complex technology, the CNIB's technology environment was, to quote Margaret McGrory, the Vice President and CIO of CNIB and Executive Director of the Library, "all grown up.
Gradually, as the IS transformation takes place, CNIB is moving from being an organization of diverse and disparate systems to an organization with an integrated technology infrastructure building upon the systems, tools, and resources required for the IDLS.
Our initial awareness of the variance in student perceptions regarding what constituted membership in the IDLS classes surfaced early in our data gathering when responses varied to the question, "How many students are in your class?
Host students spoke of the ways the technology influenced how they thought of their class in the IDLS.
Relations both within and across sites affected student performance in and attitude toward classes in the IDLS.