|LIS 385T.6 Digital Libraries||INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Leggett|
|Fridays, June 6 to August 15, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm||PHONE: 979/845-0298|
|ROOM: SZB 546||EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Students should have a basic knowledge of computing and the humanities, the ability to learn new software tools on their own, and the ability to generate a basic web site by authoring web pages. A TA will be available to help.
The practical part of this course will focus on reading, presentation and discussion of the textbook, acquisition of skills with the Greenstone open source digital library system, and building digital collections. The research part of this course will focus on reading, presentation and discussion of the research literature. We will read approximately 45 research papers (three per class hour) taken almost exclusively from the best papers in the JCDL (and previous) conferences. The papers will be available online (mostly from the ACM digital library).
How to Build a Digital Library
Ian H. Witten and David Bainbridge
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2003
The grade will be based 30% on class participation, 30% on class assignments, and 40% on digital collection development.
Class sessions covering the research literature will include a discussion of reading materials. One student will be assigned to present a brief overview of the reading and other students will be ready to discuss the important topics in the readings. All students are expected to have read the materials and be able to participate. Students will be able to sign up in advance for particular readings.
Several short assignments will be given throughout the class. These assignments may require use of specific software outside of class time and will take the form of short essays, written answers to questions, and design documents. Most materials will be delivered through the web and will be linked from the class web site to the student's web pages for the class. Some materials may have to be delivered via email or in a MOO.
Digital Collection Development
Students are expected to build digital collections during this class. The collections could be several small, interesting collections, one or two medium size collections, or one large collection. This will be discussed in detail in class and the collection building effort must be approved by the instructor. The collections will be presented to the class on the last class day.