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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - LIS6514

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-06-01
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1562 2008-07-08
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Library and Information Science AS 124800000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Vicki Gregory 9746836

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    LIS 6514 Digital Libraries

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Digital Libraries
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    LIS 6260, LIS 6603



    Course Description

    Survey of the field of digital libraries with an emphasis on the interplay of people, organizations, and technology. Experience in either planning or developing a digital library site.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The purpose of this course is to study digital libraries. The orientation is toward providing a comprehensive understanding of a variety of concepts, practices, and technologies, as they evolved in different fields, institutions, and in research and devel

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Although this is envisioned as an elective course, courses in digital libraries have become an integral part of the curriculum in many schools of library and information science. A similar course is also offered at FSU, College of Information, under a selected topics number. The new course in digital libraries at USF would also be of interest to students in USF's Instructional Technology degree and certificate programs as well as the certificate in Museum Studies.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Digital Libraries has been offered in the summer term since summer 2002. Enrollments during this time have been 48,33,45,46,30,and 18 students.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Doctorate in library/information science or a closely related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course has as its purpose the study of digital libraries with an orientation toward providing a comprehensive understanding of a variety of concepts, practices, and technologies, as they evolved in different fields, institutions, and in research and development. The course provides a base for further and life-long education necessary to cope with the ever-changing and evolving world of digital library practice, development and research.

    The objectives are for students to achieve an integrated understanding of the complex issues and problems addressed in respect to:

    1. Concepts: What are digital libraries? Differing concepts and approaches. Evolution, stakeholders and trends.

    2. Content: Changing nature of the notion of a collection in a digital and networked environment.

    3. Organization: Representation of digital library content; metadata.

    4. Technology: Technical infrastructure for digital libraries. Interoperability.

    5. Access: Alternatives in access to digital libraries. User communities and use. Evaluation.

    6. Context: Economic and institutional effects. Social, ethical, and legal concerns. Research and development projects.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will

    1. understand the ways information is used by scholars and the implications for digital libraries;

    2. understand the basic technologies behind the construction of digital libraries;

    3. be able to evaluate the usability of a digital library site;

    4. understand the issues regarding the preservation of electronic resources;

    5. be able to discuss the issues surrounding the access to networked information in a global environment.

    C. Major Topics

    The Social Life of Information

    Digital libraries and virtual libraries

    Digital libraries: access, metadata, security, interface, and textual format issues

    Digital libraries: Building a collection, retrieval and knowledge discovery, archives, electronic publishing

    Access to networked information: global information infrastructure and the global digital library, sociological aspects of digital libraries

    Role of the library in a world of digital information; issues of making the local digital library global

    D. Textbooks


    Borgman, Christine L. From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in the Networked World. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.

    Brown, John Seely, and Paul Duguid. The Social Life of Information. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

    Marcum, Deanna B., and Gerald George. Digital Library Development: The View from Kanazawa. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

    Whitten, Ian H., and David Bainbridge. How to Build a Digital Library. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2003


    Arms, William Y. Digital Libraries. Cambr

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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