The Analytical Sciences Digital Library, ASDL, collects, catalogs, links and publishes peer reviewed web-based discovery materials pertinent to innovations in curricular development and supporting technical resources in the analytical sciences. The ASDL website (www.asdlib.org) is one of several collections initially funded by NSF’s National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program, and is currently supported by the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. ASDL grew out of discussions at regional and national meetings on ways to implement recommendations from NSF-sponsored workshops that evaluated teaching practices in the analytical curriculum. These recommendations can be found in the workshop report Curricular Developments in the Analytical Sciences, available as a pdf.
What types of materials are collected by ASDL? ASDL materials have been selected for their educational value through a peer review process by experts in the field of analytical science and in the various fields of its application. Each web resource in the main collection of ASDL includes a detailed annotation describing the site and its useful attributes. In addition, JASDL, the online journal of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, publishes peer-reviewed online articles in the categories of Courseware, Labware, Educational Practices, and Undergraduate Research. Because JASDL is an ungated, open source site, all publication is under the Creative Commons license , in which the author retains copyright but the licensee has the right to distribute without limit and web users can read, download, and hotlink without limit. Copies can be made, as long as the original author is cited as the creator of the material, and the copies are distributed at cost. All economic benefit, if any, from the material remains with the author.