Digital Archives and Libraries

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

Digital content finds its way into your archives, either because of efforts to digitize print collections or because of digital acquisition. Are you preparing to receive born-digital material and want to understand the potential of digital archives and digital libraries? Is your institution building an institutional repository? If so, then you'll need to understand how to think about managing digital collections and the many issues that arise, including providing adequate access, the role of technology and policy, and long-term digital preservation.


This course offers an introduction to digital archives and digital libraries and covers a range of developments including relevant terminology, standards, technologies, project and collection management, workflows, and legal issues.

Learning Outcomes: 
Talk about the current digital archives and digital libraries environment
Explain the difference between digitized and born-digital information
Describe issues related to technology, policy, and procedures
Identify technical infrastructure and support needs
Relate the importance of metadata
Review the role of the archivist and archival theory and practice in digital archives and digital libraries
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, librarians, and museum curators who are seeking an introduction to digital archives and digital libraries

What You Should Already Know: 

How digital assets can be created described, found, and retrieved in a post-custodial model

DAS Core Competency: 
1. Explain the nature of digital records and their lifecycle.
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
5. Strategically plan for the sustainability of digital archives.
"The exercises were helpful as I learned from others' experiences and dilemmas. The instructor was an incredible resource—[the instructor] was open to lots of questions and discussions, and was personable and engaging." — Norma Rosado-Blake
"It was extremely helpful to see a holistic approach to digital archives & libraries. In the past when I've learned about these concepts, the course or lecture was focused on some specific aspect. Now I feel like I have an understanding of how all the parts and people relate in an institutional setting. I found the metadata exercise very helpful in bringing out what really needs to be captured by metadata and why it needed to be captured. "The instructor was by far among the most excellent workshop leaders I've ever had at an SAA workshop. Her depth of knowledge, good humor, patience, and ability to convey what she knows were all remarkable."
"Everything was great; I thought the instructors were impressive in qualifications and skills."
“I gained most from Rosko's experiences at MIT and his project template.”
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