LIBR 581 (3) Digital Libraries [cross listed with ARST 556M]


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core or permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOAL: The goal of this course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to understand the processes and techniques involved in creating, organizing, presenting, and using information in digital environments.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Outline the major components of a digital library/archive [1.4, 4.1]*
  • Use current technologies associated with the development and implementation of digital libraries/archives [1.1, 1.2, 1.3]*
  • Analyze issues related to curation of and access to digital resources [1.4, 4.1]*
  • Apply a critical perspective in analyzing current digital library/archive efforts [1.4, 2.1, 3.1]*
  • Analyze the role, potential, and challenges of digital libraries/archives in relation to societal needs and concerns [1.1, 3.1]*
  • Design a digital library/archive solution to satisfy users’ information needs and information organizations’ mission and goals [1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2]*

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.


  • Digital libraries & archives – definitions and examples
  • Resources – multimedia and text
  • Digital collection development
  • Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Information organization and representation
  • Metadata
  • Resource discovery
  • Information needs and information seeking
  • Digital library/archive services
  • Digital preservation
  • Digital library & archive systems and technology platforms
  • Design and evaluation of digital libraries & archives
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