Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Digital and Audio-visual Collections
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  3000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Report  3000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  3000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report  3000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Discuss the range and scope of digital collections and audio-visual media.

Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of original formats and digital surrogates for user access.

Develop risk-based strategies for ensuring the effective management and preservation of audio-visual formats.

Describe the technologies, workflow and legal environment surrounding digitisation for access.

Demonstrate an understanding of the policies, metadata and technical architecture for discovery and delivery of digital collections.

Explain the challenges in managing and evaluating digital collections.

Brief description

Physical collections are often digitised to support their wider access and discovery. Students will explore and critically assess the decision making around the creation of surrogates and the policies procedures and technologies required to create and manage digital collections. This will include an extended case study of the challenges surrounding access and management of audio-visual collections.


​The seminar programme will consider the creation, organisation, delivery, and evaluation of digital collections within a custodial environment such as an archive, library or information facility. It will include an extended case study of audio-visual collections, the challenges involved in ensuring their longevity and provision of access through digitisation. Topics to be covered include:

1. The range and scope of digital collections
The different types of collections that can and have been digitised by a digital archive, library or information facility will be introduced and strategic issues around their management explored.

2. Audio-visual media and technologies
The range of obsolete and current audio-visual media, their appraisal, accessioning preservation and storage; and the technologies required for their playback and access.

3. Selection for digitisation, and creation and management of a digital collection
The activities required to develop and create a collection of digital surrogates

4. Digitisation and the legal environment
The stages required to digitise an analogue collection and make it available for users will be examined along with the legal environment surrounding the activity.

5. Metadata for digital collections
Metadata and vocabularies for control and discovery of digital and hybrid collections; and the creation of consistent, usable metadata about resources.

6. The value and impact of digital collections
How to measure the value and impact of a digital collection on its intended audience will be explored.

7. Standards and interoperability
Specific metadata standards have been developed to ensure communities of practice can share data effectively. The benefits of such interoperability and how to achieve it will be examined.

8. Access strategies and software for digital and hybrid collections
Innovative methods of providing and restricting access to original audio-visual material; and effective use of software including the role of interface design in ensuring effective discovery.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Data analysis, structuring, sorting and budget preparation.
Communication There will be a requirement to discuss and collaborate with members of the class. Written communication will be assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Use of professional sources and documentation will foster student awareness of available learning resources and improve critical and evaluatory skills.
Information Technology IT skills are integral to coursework and presentation of assignments, along with computer based practical exercises.
Personal Development and Career planning The module provides an academic baseline and essential skills for information professionals.
Problem solving Assignment work and practical activities will utilise professional scenarios in which strategies for dealing with particular issues and problems need to be formulated.
Research skills Assignment preparation will require the identification and location of relevant academic and professional literature, and professional best practice.
Subject Specific Skills The planning and delivery of a digital implementation project.
Team work Team work will be developed through activities within the delivery of the module.


This module is at CQFW Level 7