LIBR 582


Cross-listed with ARST 556P


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

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

GOAL: The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques and algorithms used for creating and managing digital collections of images and text. The student will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to design and create digital image and/or text collections, from the selection of materials and planning the project through design, implementation, maintenance and evaluation.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Solve issues related to selection of analogue material for digitization and creation of a digital collection [1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 5.1]*
  • Solve issues related to digital access to image and text collections [1.3, 1.4, 2.1]*
  • Use digitization hardware & software systems for the production of digital image and text collections [1.3, 2.2, 3.1]*
  • Plan a digitization project to create a digital image and/or text collection [1.2, 1.4, 3.2]*
  • Create digital image and/or text collections in local/intranet as well as in web environments [1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 5.3]*
  • Propose recommendations for the design, management, and evaluation of cultural heritage-related digitization projects [1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 5.3]*

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


  • Images and Text: Characteristics and Formats
  • Planning and Managing Digitization Projects
  • The Digitization Process
  • Metadata for Digital Objects
  • Content Based Retrieval
  • Digital Collections and Database Design
  • Software to create and publish digital text and image collections
  • User Interface Issues
  • Intellectual Property Rights and other issues in Digital Asset Management

SAMPLES OF STUDENT PROJECTS – Click here to see more student projects!

Glen K. Sargent Photograph Collection

This collection consists of photographs taken by Glen Kirk Sargent during his time posted at “G” Division, serving at Spence Bay (Taloyoak or Talurjuaq), Craig Harbour, Grise Fiord (Aujuittuq), and Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Nunavut from 1951-1958. The majority of the images focus on the building of RCMP detachment at Grise Fiord more…

Glen K. Sargent Photograph Collection

The Bud Osborn (1947-2014) Collection

The Bud Osborn (1947-2014) Collection contains selected poems written by the late social activist and poet Bud Osborn, with accompanying images by artist Richard Tetrault, and in collaboration with designers David Bircham and David Lester.

Originally from the United States, Bud Osborn moved from Toronto to the Downtown Eastside (DTES) more…

The Bud Osborn (1947-2014) Collection