Digital Library Principles & Development

Practice-based coverage of broad range of digital library issues and skills

Taught in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Catalog course description: Research, development, and evaluation issues in digital libraries, including collection development and digitization; provision of access to multimedia materials; access strategies and interfaces; metadata and interoperability; and the implications of digital libraries with respect to policy and social issues.

Extended description: This course aims to provide students with exposure to, and practical experience with, all major aspects of digital library development. This is done through four assignments that require study of existing digital libraries, reading and discussion of fundamental issues in constructing digital libraries, and hands-on participation in the creation of a substantial digital library as a member of several teams responsible for critical components during the planning, development, and implementation phases of the project. By the end of the semester, students are expected to:

  • Be familiar with a broad range of prominent digital libraries
  • Be able to critically evaluate current digital library initiatives and research projects
  • Understand the costs, benefits, and potential of digital libraries, the planning and technological considerations that go into producing them, and a range of other relevant issues (copyright, preservation, interoperability)
  • Demonstrate practical skills in several areas required to produce a functional digital library
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and work productively with a variety of co-workers towards a common goal

Course Sections Taught

Spring, 2011 Syllabus and website
Spring, 2009 Syllabus and website
Spring, 2008 Syllabus and website
Spring, 2007 Syllabus and website