INLS 740: Digital Libraries

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Course description

This course will address research and development issues in digital libraries, including: collection development and digitization; mass digitization; text and multimedia materials; metadata; interoperability; architecture; searching and services; economic, legal, and social policies such as copyright; and management and evaluation. Students will read and discuss literature on DLs, evaluate a DL of their choice, and work as a group to develop a prototype DL.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will:

  1. Understand the technologies involved in the construction of digital libraries,
  2. Be able to make collection development decisions for building a digital library,
  3. Be able to make decisions regarding the implementation of services and automation for a digital library,
  4. Be able to evaluate a digital library with regard to its content and user base,
  5. Be able to be involved in the construction and maintenance of a digital library.


Jeffrey Pomerantz
Associate Professor
School of Information and Library Science
Office: 306 Manning Hall
Office hours: Given that this course is entirely online, I will not be holding in-person office hours.
              If you want to communicate with me, contact me via any of the media below.
              I am considering scheduling virtual office hours by chat or videoconference -- stay tuned.
Phone: 919-962-8064
Twitter: @jpom

Textbook & reading

There is one required text for this course:

Witten, I. H., Bainbridge, D., & Nichols, D. M. (2010). How to Build a Digital Library, 2nd ed.
San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers.

Available as an ebook though the UNC libraries.

If you prefer to hold paper in your hands, this book is also available in the Student Stores and on reserve in the SILS library. Also available from Amazon or any online bookseller.

All readings will be assigned on the course Schedule. Readings not from HtBaDL will be available on the free web, as an e-journal, via the Library's e-reserves, or via this wiki. Readings are also listed in my course delicious feed.

Additional reading

Arms, W. Y. (2000). Digital Libraries. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (Also available from netLibrary, from ebrary, and on the free web)

Bishop, A. P., Van House, N. A., & Buttenfield, B. P. (Eds.). (2003). Digital Library Use: Social Practice in Design and Evaluation. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Borgman, C. L. (2000). From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (Also available from netLibrary)

Lesk, M. (1997). Practical Digital Libraries: Books, Bytes, and Bucks. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers. Special issues of journals:

Library Trends, 49(2), Fall 2000. Assessing Digital Library Services, Edited by Thomas A. Peters.

Information Processing & Management, 41(1), January 2005. An Asian Digital Libraries Perspective, Edited by E. A. Fox and E. Logan.

You should read D-Lib Magazine and the International Journal on Digital Libraries regularly, and the proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries annually.

I've also aggregated a bunch of DL-related RSS feeds.


Build a Personal Digital Library


Digital Library Evaluation

Environmental Scanning

Grading rubric & other policies

See my course grading rubric.

See my course policies.


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