Free Online Course on Digital Library at Swayam Website: Last Date 24/02/19

Created by: Jagdish Arora, INFLIBNET Centre Gandhinagar
Start Date: 25/01/2019
End Date: 10/05/2019
Enrollment End Date: 24/02/2019

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.

Course Coverage
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.

Target Learners
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.

Timeline- Duration
The course consists of 15 parts and is deliverable in a time span of 15 weeks as per the course layout is given below.

Course Layout
Week 1: Digital Library: Overview
Introduction to Digital Library.
Digital Library: Historical Perspectives.

Week 2: Major Components of Digital Library – 1
Major Components of Digital Library
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
Digital Library Planning and Implementation
Digital Library Marketing and Promotion

Week 6: Digital Library: Standards, IPR and Legal Issues
Digital Library Standards
IPR in Digital Library/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
Digital Library Initiatives in India: Part -1
Digital Library Initiatives in India: Part-2

Week 9: Open Access and Digital Library
Open Access and Digital Library

Week 10: Digitization
Digitization Part – 1
Digitization Part – 2

Week 11: Digital Library Services and Semantic Web
Digital Library and Semantic Web
Digital Library Applications and Services

Week 12: Digital Rights Management / Access Management
DRM/ Access Management Part – 1
DRM/ Access Management Part – 2

Week 13: Digital Preservation
Digital Preservation: Part – 1
Digital Preservation: Part – 2

Week 14: Case Studies in Digital Library
Case Studies: Dspace
Case Studies: GSDL
Case Studies: Eprints

Week 15: Evaluation of Digital Library
Evaluation and Case Studies

Course Language: English
Course Type: Scheduled
Video transcripts: English
Course Category: Library and Information Science
Learning Path: Post graduate
Course Length: 100 Hours
Weekly time commitments: 7 Hours
Course Completion: Yes, after accessing…. View Certificate
Exam Date: To be announced
Credits: 5



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