Module Identifier IL35010  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mrs Lucy A Tedd  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mrs Lucy A Tedd  
Course delivery Lecture   10 X 50 min lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 x 50 min seminars  
  Practical   4 X 50 minute practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment 1,500 WORD EVALUATION of an existing digital information collection  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:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
L.A. Tedd and J. A. Large (2004) Digital libraries: principles and practice Saur
G. G. Chowdhury and S. Chowdhury (2003) Introduction to digital libraries. London: Facet Publishing
I. Witten and D. Bainbridge (2003) How to build a digital library San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann
M. Deegan and S. Tanner (2002) Digital futures: strategies for an information age. London: Facet Publishing
L.Hughes (2003) Digitizing collections: strategic issues for the information manager London: Facet Publishing

Printed and Electronic Journals Program, Library Hi-Tech, Information Technology and Libraries, The Electronic Library, Vine, Journal of Digital Contents
Electronic Journal Ariadne, D-Lib Magazine, First Monday


This module is at CQFW Level 6