LIS553, Digital Libraries, Spring 2006,

Tuesdays, 8:45am-11:25am, SCILS Bldg. room 201.

Preliminary schedule

DateLecture topicAssignment due
1.January 24, 2006Introduction and summary
2.January 31, 2006HistoryPast predictions
3.February 7, 2006TechnologyGoogle book search
4.February 14, 2006Services*Evaluation
5.February 21, 2006U. S. digital library projectsSign up to describe a project
6.February 28, 2006Economics: in libraryJSTOR and PLOS
7.March 7, 2006Economics: dot-comsYour project idea
March 14, 2006No class; spring break.
8.March 21, 2006International DL projectsInternational sign-up
9.March 28, 2006Law: copyrightArgue Google case
10.April 4, 2006Law: privacyYour project
11.April 11, 2006Digital preservationPractical conversion
12.April 18, 2006Languages, Images
13.April 25, 2006Visit to Scholarly Communication Center 9am
14.May 2, 2006 Collaborations and Futurism
15.May 9, 2006Student projectsSign-up

* This lecture will be cut short so that LIS 556 can meet at Ocker & Trapp that afternoon.

The above list of topics is a guide; I seem to run a week or two late by the end of the semester. I would also like to arrange a visit to the Scholarly Communication Center in Alexander Library.

There is no textbook. If there is any class where reading from the Web ought to be enough, this should be it. If you feel that you would like a book, you can of course look at my own book: Understanding Digital Libraries (Morgan Kaufman, 2004; second edition of 1997 book). Other people have presented a different view of the subject, of course. For something more expansive see Bill Arms' Digital Libraries or for more technical detail read How to Build a Digital Library by Witten and Bainbridge. Chris Borgman's From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure is more international and people-oriented; Ann Bishop's recent Digital Library Use: Social Practice in Design and Evaluation has a variety of articles on how to evaluate digital libraries, but little on what you learn by doing these evaluations.

The grades will be half based on weekly assignments and half on a term project. Projects can be either a proposal to build a digital library or a proposal for a research project. Proposals to build a library will be encouraged to prepare a specific plan for using $2500 to buy scanning or conversion. See more at this assignment. Assignments may be turned in either on paper or via email.