Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 lectures/seminars
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1,500 WORD EVALUATION  of an existing digital information collection  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Describe the stages in a project to digitise a particular collection

Explain the importance of Intellectual Property Rights with respect to digital information

Evaluate digital information collections

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of standards in digital information discovery and delivery

Explain the challenges in managing a collection of digital information sources

Brief description

Following government funding in various countries worldwide collections of digital information, or digital libraries, emerged during the 1990s as a key development area in practice, as well as in research, for information professionals, computer scientists, librarians, archivists as well as those involved in cultural heritage institutions. The advantages of such collections for users are various as they provide access to digital information sources on a 24/7 basis and are important in supporting changing patterns of teaching and learning in educational establishments, for general lifelong learning programmes, for global access to cultural artefacts, government information and so on. In addition they are seen by many as an opportunity to overcome the `digital divide? between countries as information can be made available in a language and format appropriate for users. Students of this module will explore and critically assess ways in which digital information is created, acquired, organised and presented within digital libraries so as to support its discovery and delivery. Examples of digital libraries implemented in many countries will be studied and in particular the digital collections made available from the National Library of Wales will be used as a case study .


The topics to be covered in lectures/seminars will comprise:
  • Digital information in context
  • Creation of digital information - or digitisation
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Acquisition of digital information sources
  • Standards and interoperability
  • Software
  • Interface design
  • Searching and browsing
  • Management of digital information services
  • Preservation of digital information

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not explicitly
Communication Information presentation in various formats for different audiences
Improving own Learning and Performance Problem?based learning through practicals and seminars will help students acquire abilities that can be adapted for lifelong learning
Information Technology Students of this module will make extensive use of the Internet to research specific digital information collections.
Personal Development and Career planning The information gained from studying this course will help students seeking a career in the information industry.
Problem solving Practical exercises and seminar sessions will encourage problem solving and student-centred learning
Research skills Students will research an existing digital information collection for the course work.
Subject Specific Skills Management of collections of digital information
Team work Some of the seminars will involve students working in groups to investigate particular digital information aspects.


This module is at CQFW Level 6