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Digital Librarianship

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What is it?

A digital library is one in which a significant proportion of the resources are available in digital format (as opposed to print or microform), accessible by means of computers and Web-accessible devices. The digital content may be locally held or accessed remotely via Web-based services. For a distributed example, see the Mountain West Digital Library established by the Utah Academic Library Consortium and California Digital Library. (Source: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)

What can I do with this background?

Collection, preservation, and presentation of digital information in all formats; development of systems linking the users to the vast print and online collections within a library and beyond; digital project management.

In addition to the required core courses, what courses should I take?

Suggested electives include:

  • 60631 Introduction to Digital Preservation
  • 60637 Metadata Architectures and Implementations

  • 60638 Digital Libraries

  • 60639 Implementations of Digital Libraries

  • 60651 Digital Image Processing and Collection Management

(Refer to the program guidesheet above for additional suggested coursework.)

What professional organizations are relevant to this career path?

Digital Library Federation