38529 - Digital Library

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The lessons introduce the problems of creation, organization and access to the digital library. At the end of the course the student knows: the workflow of the digital library and its differences with the traditional library; models and theories of digital library; the copyright issues and privacy issues; the new models of scholarly communication. The student will be able to identify the needs of users; to create and manage a digital collection; to understand the working of the search engines and the information's architecture; to evaluate and choose the different ways of preservation of documents.

Course contents

In the conceptual clarification relative to Digital Library resides the teaching which examines both of the implicated realities: the services and computerised librarian practices on one hand and the collection of digitalised documents and digitalisation projects on the other.

The course, after a general introduction of library studies from a historical and theoretical point of view, will examine the activities of indexing (the theory of cataloguing, subject cataloguing and classification) of documents through guidelines and followed international standards, formats, rules and applied codes particularly in Italy, to then analyse in depth new aspects of library studies from the semantic web to linked data, to RDA and to virtual exhibition's instrument. A complete vision of the reality of Digital Library as an educational space wherein the digital collections, the access services and the people interact in support of a cycle of creation, preservation and use of the digital document.


A good familiarity with the world of libraries is required.


Mauro Guerrini - Tiziana Possemato. Linked data per biblioteche, archivi e musei. Perché l'informazione sia del web e non solo del web. Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2015.

Pattuelli, M. C., Provo, A. and Thorson, H. (2015). Ontology building for Linked Open Data: A pragmatic perspective. Journal of Library Metadata, (15)3-4, 265-294, open access

Anna Maria Tammaro - Alberto Salarelli, La biblioteca digitale. Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2006.


For those not attending the course, on of the following is to be added:

Fiammetta Sabba. Il Digitale deve confrontarsi con la Bibliografia. <<Bibliothecae.it>> 2(2013)1, p. 281-289.

Biblioteche e biblioteconomia: principi e questioni, a cura di Giovanni Solimine e Paul Gabriele Weston. Roma, Carocci editore, 2015, p.229-280, 373-444, 545-566.


Teaching methods

Frontal Lecture, visits to libraries and documentation centres.

Teaching also takes place in 'blended learning'. Gradually will appear material for consolidation and deepening at e-learning page of the course link. Access to the page of the e-learning is possible with the institutional credentials and a password that will be provided in class or with e-mail by the teacher.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview to assess the knowledge of the topics discussed during the lessons and the recommended bibliography, and the critical and methodological abilities matured by the student.

They will consider:

- Mastery of the content

- The ability to synthesize and analyze the themes and concepts

- The ability to know adequately and with appropriate language to the subject matter.

You will notice that lack of training, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliographic materials offered during the course will be evaluated negatively.

Teaching tools

Illustrative and in-depth Power Point presentations and handouts provided by the teacher.

It should be noted that initiatives (educational visits, seminars, conferences, presentations of books ...) reported and / or organized by the teacher are to be considered part of the Teaching and will be recognized at the oral final exam.

The teacher can provide the assignment of an intermediate written test to be held in the classroom or a report to be discussed it during the oral examination.

Office hours

See the website of Fiammetta Sabba