Digital Preservation Courses at KSU-SLIS

Curriculum in the Digital Preservation Area

The following courses have been added to the SLIS curriculum to support the digital preservation area:

LIS 60631 Introduction to Digital Preservation (online course, offered in fall and spring terms)

Approaches for preserving and maintaining access to digitized and born-digital text, images, data, and audiovisual information. Topics include longevity of digital media, selection for preservation; formats and strategies for preservation; preservation metadata; integrity and authenticity of digital materials; establishment and certification of trustworthy digital repositories; risk management; and, policy development. Prerequisite: LIS 60002, Organization of Information.

LIS 60633 Digital Curation (online course, offered in the spring term)

Instruction in how to manage and preserve digital objects and records throughout their life cycle. Digital curation emphasizes the use and reuse of scholarly data, business and government records, cultural heritage materials, and other digital objects to create resources supporting communities of practice in their work. Topics to be covered in this course include collection building and maintenance; study of creators and users of data, including research lifecycles and data workflows; development of trustworthy digital repositories, including audit and certification processes; policy development and implementation for data deposit, preservation, access, and disposal; and, case studies of different formats and genres of data, including e-mail, scientific datasets, and websites. Prerequisite: 60631, Introduction to Digital Preservation, or, LIS 60638, Digital Libraries.

Additional SLIS Courses in Digital Libraries, Archives/Special Collections, and Preservation

SLIS courses and workshops that complement the digital preservation curriculum area are listed below.

Principles and theories of metadata development in the digital environment. Main focus is given to the design and applications of metadata schemas for distinct domains and information communities, issues in metadata interoperability, vocabulary control, quality control and evaluation. Examination of international standards, activities and projects with the use of case study approach. Prerequisite: LIS 60002.

Issues related to the development and maintenance of digital libraries, including technology, collection development and management, project management, digital preservation, user-centered design, public services, rights management and funding. Prerequisite: None.

Explores issues related to implementation of digital libraries and provides hands-on experience for students to build digital library prototypes (small-scale) with open source software. The major emphasis is on design and implementation of key DL functions, including building digital collections, defining and creating metadata, indexing, browsing and retrieval, customizing interface, implementing services, encoding and transforming for data exchange, and testing the usability and effectiveness. Prerequisite: LIS 60003.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques and applications of digital imaging as they relate to the development of digital image collections depicting works found in museum collections, archives, and special collections in libraries. The students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to design, create and manage digital images of text, graphics, slides, and reproductions of 3-D objects. They will also be introduced to the principles and issues that pertain to the creation and distribution of digital-image archives via image databases and the Web environment. Prerequisite: LIS 60002. Special Fee: $30.

Theoretical and historical foundations, organizational patterns of archives, form of archival material, and development of the archival profession in the United States. Basic administration in archival repositories and overview of special problems in archives. Includes field trips where practicable. Prerequisite: LIS 60001.

Types and causes of deterioration of various kinds of materials, storage and preventive maintenance, preservation through photographic reproduction and microforms, restoration of rare materials.

Study of the theory and practice of rare book librarianship through lectures, readings, discussion and practical exercises.


Current offerings include:

Archival Selection, Appraisal, and Acquisition
Introduce students to the definitions of archival selection and appraisal and to the basic theories, principles, techniques, and methods that archivists use for identifying and selecting information with continuing or enduring value.

Cultural Heritage Informatics
Cultural heritage informatics brings a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary approach to supporting the entire lifecycle of cultural information and documentation procedures for the benefit of the preservation, study, and promotion of cultural heritage. This course is designed to respond to the new initiatives in digital humanities that utilize the digital technologies that have radically changed the ways in which materials can be searched, mined, displayed, taught, and analyzed. The course covers approaches of creating descriptions, organizing, and presenting the cultural heritage resources including not only the tangible movable objects and monuments but also intangible cultural products of humankind viewed within the framework of time, such as events. (Preservation, conservation, and digital imaging are covered by other courses.) The course aims to prepare students for careers focusing on or transcending libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions by introducing them the methodologies and technologies commonly used in cultural heritage informatics.

Reference and Research Methods in Local History and Genealogy
Study of resources and materials to promote and perform reference services in Genealogy and local history through lectures, readings, discussion, and practical exercises. The course will use primary and secondary materials used by librarians and archivists.


Archival Description: DACS, MARC, and EAD
This workshop will introduce participants to the three standards central to archival description: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC), and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Students will gain knowledge of how archival collections are organized and described, and learn the key components of archival finding aids (including biographies and administrative histories, scope and content notes, and other elements specific to archival description). They will then generate electronic versions of these descriptions in both MARC and EAD formats.

Audiovisual Archiving
This workshop targets students and professionals who would like an introduction to the issues and challenges of preserving moving image and sound material. Through a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and discussion, participants will be introduced to the core concerns of moving image and sound archiving, including basics of film and magnetic media care and handling, methods of preservation and restoration (for both analog and digital media), approaches to restoration, systems of description and retrieval for archival audiovisual material, and ways to provide access to audiovisual media.

Basics of Archival Arrangement, Description, and Cataloging
The goal of this workshop is to prepare future and current archivists, manuscript curators, and special collections librarians to arrange, describe, and catalog all media formats. In the process attendees should leave the workshop understanding the essential steps to create levels of control, identify elements of a finding aid, and appreciating the application of both traditional and current archival descriptive standards. In addition to the topical lectures that will provide a context for understanding the purposes and goals of archival arrangement and descriptive standards a variety of hands-on experiences will be incorporated in the workshop.

Digital Imaging I: Image Processing

This workshop introduces students to the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques and applications of digital imaging as they relate to the development of digital image collections depicting works found in museum collections, archives, and special collections in libraries. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to create, process, and manage digital images of text, graphics, slides, and reproductions of 3-D objects. This workshop focuses on individual images.

Donor Relations Essentials for Archivists
This workshop will focus on the policies, practices, promises and pitfalls in the functional area of collection management. Upon completion of the workshop, students will understand the relationship between accepted professional policies / practices and the institutional applications of these policies / practices in the donor relations arena. Students will gain a better sense of their professional and social responsibilities as well as the ethical and legal dimensions of archival work. * Workshop participants should be familiar with the critical archival function of acquisitions and accessioning (the process whereby archivists, manuscript curators, and special collections librarians interact with donors who seek to place manuscript materials or records at a repository).

Genealogy and Local History Research Methods for Librarians
During this workshop, learn how to interpret questions and find appropriate sources in order to guide genealogists, local historians, and other researchers to the next source. Workshop participants will become familiar with census records, government documents, local history resources, online resources for genealogy, and a variety of public records found in court houses, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.

Metadata for Digital Audio and Video
This workshop will introduce students to the metadata needs and requirements for audiovisual material, including descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative information. Students will become familiar with metadata schemas that are used to describe, annotate, and preserve moving image and sound material. The workshop will also provide students with opportunity to create a sample set of records for digital audiovisual material.

Metadata for Digital Collections
This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to learn to establish digital collections in distinct information communities for the purposes of managing, publishing, and preserving documents in the digital environment. Emphasis will be on the development and implementation of metadata schemas and on the standards and technological applications used to create machine understandable metadata. Among other skills, workshop participants will gain experience in applying a selected metadata standard to records or collections and will learn to design, evaluate, and modify metadata elements according to local need. Finally, participants will be able to contribute to the implementation of metadata in a Web site or database.

Open Source Software for Libraries
More and more libraries are beginning to embrace open source, utilizing open source software for a range of needs, from general (such as operating systems) to more specific library tasks (ranging from very small utility software for MARC data format conversions to major applications like Integrated Library Systems [ILS]). This workshop covers topics related to open source for libraries that attendees may apply in order to identify, evaluate, and implement open source in libraries.

PHP and MySQL for Web Database Creation and Implementation
Take this workshop and gain a basic understanding of PHP (Personal Home Page Tools, a server-side scripting language) and MySQL (a powerful database system that is used for storage and retrieval of information residing on a server but accessed through a Web interface). You will learn to build and configure PHP as a server module and implement a MySQL database with which a Web interface will interact.
*Participants must have familiarity with HTML, programming, database theory and browsers.

Preservation of Library Materials
Various aspects of preservation will be covered in this workshop, including care and handling of general collections, disaster response and prevention, repair decisions as related to collection development and reformatting of brittle materials. You will gain a more complete understanding of the factors that influence the life span of print and non-print materials and will also develop skills to make repair decisions, respond to disasters, and plan for water and fire damage.

Repair Decisions and Methods for Circulating Materials
The goal of this workshop is to teach repair methods that are less damaging to books, leading to preservation-oriented, archival-quality collection maintenance. Participants will learn to determine the appropriate methods for preserving books, repairing torn pages, tipping in loose pages, tightening hinges, reattaching broken hinges, repairing simple spine damage, re-casing books, binding pamphlets, and making simple phase boxes.

UNIX and Linux Operating Systems
This workshop examines theoretical concepts common to both operating systems while providing a hands-on approach to these systems. In addition to examining the UNIX file structure, this workshop will explore application design and programming using UNIX. After completing the workshop, participants will have a working knowledge of UNIX and Linux and will be able to do the following: set up a homepage in a UNIX environment such as kent.mail, understand more than 50 of the most frequently-used UNIX commands, describe Linux as it relates to UNIX, define operating systems in general and the UNIX operating system in particular, develop customized shell scripts to extract and combine file data.