The objective of the course is to impart in-depth knowledge on digital libraries, their characteristics, components, standards and protocols, IPR and legal issues, digital rights and access management, planning and evaluation. The ultimate aim of the course is to instil skills in learners that would enable them to evaluate commercially available digital libraries before subscribing them for their institutions as well as to set-up their own institutional digital library with all intermediate steps involved in it from planning to offering digital library services.
The course imparts in-depth knowledge on digital libraries, their characteristics and major components. The course elaborates on technology, processes and steps involved in digitization and digital preservation. It enunciates on applications and services offered by digital library and its relationship with the semantic web. It delves into the process of planning, implementation, marketing, promotion and evaluation of digital libraries. Learners would have insights into various aspects of digital rights and access management and its applications in digital libraries. The course also elaborates on examples of open access digital libraries and backend technologies used. It imparts knowledge on major digital library projects and initiatives taken all over the world including USA, UK, India and rest of the world. Lastly, the course elaborates on case studies on setting-up digital library using open source institutional repository software, i.e. Eprints, DSpace and GSDL.
The course is designed for the students of library and information science as well as for professionals working in library and information centres. Other learners interested in digital libraries my also take up the course.
The learner should have basic knowledge of computers, acquaintance with traditional libraries using manual processes as well as computerised library operations and services offered by both types of libraries.
The course consists of 15 parts and is deliverable in a time span of 15 weeks as per the course layout is given below.
Week 1: Digital Library: Overview - Introduction, Historical Perspectives.
Week 2: Major Components of Digital Library - 1: Major Components, Search and Browse Interface in Digital Library.
Week 3: Major Components of Digital Library – 2: Digital Library Technical Infrastructure, Digital Library Architecture.
Week 4: Major Components of Digital Library – 3: Collection Development of digital library, Knowledge Organization in Digital Library.
Week 5: Digital Libraries: Planning, Implementation, Marketing and Promotion.
Week 6: Digital Library: Standards, IPR and Legal Issues.
Week 7: Major Projects in Digital Libraries - Major Project: US, Major Project: UK, Major Project: Rest of the World.
Week 8: Digital Library Initiatives in India.
Week 9: Open Access and Digital Library.
Week 10: Digitization Part – 1 and Part – 2
Week 11: Digital Library and Semantic Web, Digital Library Applications and Services.
Week 12: Digital Rights Management / Access Management Part - 1 and Part - 2
Week 13: Digital Preservation: Part – 1 and Part - 2
Week 14: Case Studies in Digital Library: Dspace, GSDL and Eprints.
Week 15: Evaluation and Case Studies of Digital Library.