IS40560 Digital Libraries

Academic Year 2022/2023

Digital libraries offer exciting possibilities for providing access to digital and digitised content, but raise numerous technical, social, and organisational challenges. This module will examine some of the issues associated with the evolving concept and development of digital libraries and create a small DL of their own. Topics will include the evolution of digital libraries; their social, technical, and related dimensions; the creation and management of digital resources, including data and data repositories; and digital library services, use, and users.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: 1) Explain the history and current state of digital library initiatives, projects, and activities; 2) Demonstrate knowledge of metadata, preservation, and related issues through the creation of collection development policy for a DL; 4) Differentiate between data repositories and digital libraries; 5) Demonstrate familiarity with terms like open data, open access, and Big Data; 2) Plan and implement a small-scale, but useful and functional, digital library.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing; enquiry & problem-based learning; case-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

No specialised knowledge of computers will be required for this module, but basic IT skills are expected. A high level of initiative, motivation and commitment to independent study will be required for seminar contributions and coursework.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Digital library collection development policy Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay and digital library evaluation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: Digital library implementation Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Mr Tim Keefe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Stefanie Havelka Tutor