Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects

Description: This six-week online course introduces students to the breadth of considerations, standards and skills needed to successfully launch and manage a digital library program. The course will provide opportunity for hands-on activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills within the context of a digital library.

2021 Sessions

  • Session 1: January 18 – February 26
  • Session 2: March 29 – May 7
  • Session 3: June 7 – July 16
  • Session 4: August 23 – October 1
  • Session 5: November 1 – December 17

Format:  Students receive login instructions one week prior to the course start date.  Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the six-week period, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace.  Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material.  Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend.

Weekly Chat Schedule:  The following times are tentative and may change according to instructor availability.

Week One: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT
Week Two: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT
Week Three: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT
Week Four: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT
Week Five: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT
Week Six: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT

Learning Outcomes

Participants of this course will: 

  • Gain an understanding of the types of expertise and skills needed to successfully manage a digital library: such as digitization and types of digital objects, metadata, indexing/search/retrieval/, storage/architecture, user interface & interaction, preservation. 
  • Learn about the common platforms used by libraries to manage digital objects and make them discoverable.
  • Discover the role of planning, documentation, and assessment.
     

Who Should Attend

Library professionals interested in developing a broad understanding of all aspects of digital library projects, from the solo practitioner responsible for all aspects of a digital library to a member of a team implementing or managing a digital library.

Instructors

Jennifer Roper is the Director, Digital Strategies and the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, VA.

Gretchen Gueguen is an archivist and librarian specializing in digital libraries and technology and an adjunct professor for the Clarion University

Registration

Cost

$139 Core members; $169 nonmembers

NOTE:
Any requests for cancelation or changes to registration must be received in writing by Core or the ALA registration department (MACS) no later than 7 days prior to the start of the course and are subject to a $40 processing fee.

How to Register

Online

Register online using the online learning registration site. Courses are listed by session date. Click on the “register link” located to the right of the session you are interested in.  You will be prompted to login with your ALA member ID or create a guest account, to begin the registration process.

By Mail

Register by mail using the print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.

Questions?

For registration related questions, call 1-800-545-2433 and press 1 to speak to our customer service representatives.

Registration Deadline

Registration for each course is limited to 25 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CDT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.

Cancelation & Change Policy

Any requests for cancelation or changes to registration must be received in writing by Core or the ALA registration department (MACS) no later than 7 days prior to the start of the course and are subject to a $40 processing fee.

Core Code of Conduct

Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course website will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.

Credits

Contact Hours - 24 hours

Core defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units.

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.

Contact

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to online course, please contact tferren@ala.org.