91647 - Digital Library

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  • Teacher Fiammetta Sabba

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-STO/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Library and Archive Science (cod. 9077)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

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 will examine the activities of indexing (the theory of cataloguing, subject cataloguing and classification) of documents, to then analyse in depth new aspects of library studies from the semantic web to linked data, to Open access, to digital libraries and 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 (in particular opac, database, search engines).


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

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, chapters 1-6.

IFLA, Guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Book and Manuscript Collections, 2014 (https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/8968)


For those not attending the course, the following is to be added one between:

Maria Teresa Biagetti, Le biblioteche digitali. Tecnologie, funzionalità e modelli di sviluppo, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2019, part I.

Rossana Morriello, Le raccolte bibliotecarie digitali nella società dei dati, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2020, cap. e par.: 1, 2.3, 3, 4.1, 4.8-4.9.

Recommended the use of:

Ferruccio Diozzi, Nuovo Glossario di biblioteconomia e scienza dell'informazione, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2021.


To consolidate the principles of Library Science, we recommend the following:

Giorgio Montecchi - Fabio Venuda. Nuovo Manuale di biblioteconomia. Milano, Bibliografica, 2021 (tutto).


Students who for reasons of disability or specific learning disabilities (DSA) need compensatory tools will be able to communicate to the professor their needs so as to be directed to the referents and agree on the adoption of the most appropriate measures.


Teaching methods

Frontal ad online lessons, and thematic insights with experts.

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


"In consideration of the type of activity and teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in modules 1 and 2 of training on safety in the study places, in e-learning mode"

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview starting from the presentation of a topic chosen by the student.

The teacher will evaluate the mastery of the content and of bibliography of the course, the ability to synthesize and analyze the themes and concepts, the use of an appropriate language, and also the critical and methodological abilities matured by the student. 

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

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.

Teaching tools

Illustrative and in-depth Power Point presentations and handouts provided by the teacher will be uploaded on the "Virtuale" platform.

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.


Office hours

See the website of Fiammetta Sabba