LIS 538: Digital Libraries
Instructor: Dr. Ali Shiri
Phone: (780) 492-5315
Office: 3-09 Rutherford South
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The goal of this course is to introduce students to the concept, development, types and trends of digital libraries. This course will focus on the creation, organization, access, use, and evaluation of digital libraries with a view to socioeconomic and cultural issues.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
• Gain a critical understating of the concept of and approaches to digital libraries
• Demonstrate an understanding of the issues of information representation, organization, access and retrieval in digital libraries
• Develop methods and skills to analyze and evaluate the major components of digital libraries
• Identify and discuss technical, social, economic and cultural implications of digital libraries
• Develop a small digital library using open source software
Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
• After writing a critical paper on digital libraries, students will gain an understanding of the concept of and approaches to digital libraries.
• Through building a digital library and in evaluating an existing digital library, students will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of information representation, organization, access, and retrieval in digital libraries.
• Through building a digital library and in evaluating an existing digital library, students will develop methods and skills to analyze and evaluate the major components of digital libraries.
• Through class discussion, a critical paper, and in evaluating an existing digital library, students will demonstrate their abilities in identifying and discussing technical, social, economic, and cultural implications of digital libraries.
• Through building a digital library using Greenstone, students will demonstrate their ability to develop a small digital library using open source software.
• Digital library definitions
• Digital collections
• Technology and architecture
• Digitization and preservation
• Information organization and retrieval
• User interfaces
A combination of lectures, small group discussions, in-class and computer-based exercises, and computer demonstrations will be used throughout this course. Where possible, guest lectures and/or special presentations will also be included.
Pre-requisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, 505
School of Library and Information Studies Grading Statement:
Grades reflect professional judgments of student achievement made by instructors. These judgments are based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in class. The instructor should mark in terms of raw scores, rank the assignments in order of merit, and with due attention to the verbal descriptions of the various grades, assign an appropriate final letter grade.
Grades are calculated in accordance with the SLIS Grading Procedure.
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy.
Inclusive Language & Equity:
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Student Accessibility Services.
Recording of Lectures:
Recording of lectures is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.
Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.