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DILL Programme

Semester I

The first semester is offered by Tallinn and Parma universities.

After a preliminary summer school in August, students follow two modules:

  1. Research Methods and Theory of Science (15 ECTS) (Tallinn University)
  2. Digital Knowledge Organization (15 ECTS) (Parma University)

Semester II

The second semester is offered byTallinn University.

Students follow two modules:

  1. Information and Knowledge Management (15 ECTS)
  2. Human Resource Management (15 ECTS)

Semester III

The third semester is offered by the University of Parma. 

After a second summer school, students follow two modules:

  1. Access to Digital Libraries (15 ECTS)
  2. Users and Usage of Digital Libraries: Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation (15 ECTS)

 

Students will also undertake a one month internship with selected institutions, either in presence or online (virtual intership).

The reading lists for all courses in DILL are published under each module, but in addition, there are two books that will be used throughout the programme:

  • Lesk, M. (2004). Understanding Digital Libraries (Second ed.). San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers.
  • Witten, I.H. & Bainbridge, D. (2003). How to Build a Digital Library. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers.

Semester IV

Master Thesis (30 ECTS)

Students can choose to write their Master Thesis either withTallinn or Parma supervisors, depending on the subject of the thesis.

 

Course details

Research Methods and Theory of Science (15 ECTS) (Tallinn University)

The course aims:

  • to create opportunities for the development of   knowledge and understanding of theories of science;
  • to enhance the development of competencies  for understanding  research process and research design;
  • to create preconditions for analysis of the epistemological foundations of library and information science;
  • to create opportunities for advance knowledge of selected quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting, handling and analysis of research data.

The course contains the following :

  1. The idea of science. Scientific research process. The epistemological foundations of information science.
  2. Research strategies and designs. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
  3. Grounded theory. Analytical induction.
  4. Data collection in quantitative and qualitative research: Questionnaire. Observation, Interviews. Document analysis.
  5. Data analysis in quantitative research. Statistical analysis. Comparative analysis.
  6. Data analysis in qualitative research. Content analysis. Discourse analysis.
  7. Presentation, analysis and completing of research project.

Digital Knowledge Organization (15 ECTS) (Parma University)

The course aims:

  • to create opportunities for the development of   knowledge and understanding on different metadata formats for describing digital documents;

  • to create preconditions for the development of the analytical framework needed to understand  secure interoperability between metadata formats.

The course contains the following units:

  1. Introduction: knowledge organization, metadata, digital revolution, history of non-book bound information systems, digital media, digital document, and digital library.

  2. Indexing: principles of indexing, owner based indexing; collection based indexing, user-based indexing.

  3. Ontologies: bibliographic languages, document languages and work languages, subject languages, ontologies. 

  4. Metadata and interoperability: types of metadata (descriptive, structural, administrative), Dublin Core and MARC, levels of interoperability (schema, record, repository levels).

  5. Semantic web: technologies for developing the semantic web, XML, RDF, RDF Schema (RDFS), OWL (Web Ontology Language)

  6. Linked data: ontology modelling revisited, interoperability recapitulated, the data silo problem, linked data.

  7. Libraries and linked data: bibliographic description in the linked data landscape, subject languages, document and work languages.
     

Information and Knowledge Management (15 ECTS)

The aims of the course are: 

  • to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of IKM theories, practices, models, tools, and research from the content, human, business and technological perspectives; 
  • to explain the ties between information management (IM) and knowledge management (KM) and the value and the role of information and knowledge in the development of the learning organization; 
  • to develop knowledge and skills required for analysis and assessment of knowledge creation, acquisition, resources, and flows in an organization; 
  • to explain the impact of organisational culture on the effective information and knowledge sharing; 
  • to build awareness of how to build and successfully implement IKM policies and strategies, set within the wider context of organisational, cultural, human resource and change management challenges; 
  • to debate the nature and direction of current trends in IKM in the digital environment; 
  • to facilitate the application of knowledge and understanding to make judgements in a digital information environment.

The course contains the following units:

  1. Introduction to the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM). 
  2. Dimensions and Approaches of IKM. Theoretical Models of IKM. 
  3. Framework for IKM. IKM Cycle and Processes. 
  4. Learning and Learning Organization. 
  5. Information Culture. Information-related competencies. 
  6. Technologies for Information and Knowledge Management. 
  7. Strategic and planning issues, including ideas of intellectual capital. 

 

Human Resource Management (15 ECTS)

This course aims:

  • to create opportunities for the development of   knowledge and understanding on human resource management /HRM/ theories, practices, tools and models; 
  • to create preconditions for the development of the analytical framework needed to understand strategic HRM approach in digital libraries. 


The course contains the following units:

  1. Strategic HRM in digital library: external factors & internal environment.
  2. HR & communication management: structure and dimensions of a digital library`s societal relationships.
  3. HR & library change management: planning and implementing.  
  4. Implementation of HRM functions (managerial and operative functions) in digital library. 
  5. Managing teamwork in digital library. Cultural and intercultural dimensions. Differences in the workplace.
  6. Job analysis and design. Recruitment and selection. 
  7. Evaluation and performance appraisal in digital library.

Access to Digital Libraries (15 ECTS)

The course aims:

  • to provide students with knowledge and understanding  on contemporary digital technology issues and practice
  • to provide students with knowledge on digital library models and their implementation;  
  • to provide a conceptual framework for digital libraries, illustrating the contingency upon people, content and technologies.

 

The course includes the following main units:

  1. Basic concepts underlying a Digital Library Reference Model: A simple Reference Architecture, components of digital library, interoperability issues, & examples of implementation (Federation, GRID).
  2. Information access: Data model for digital libraries, text retrieval, similarity-based multimedia object retrieval, querying, & relevance feedback. : Metadata and their standards (MARC, Dublin Core), communication standards (Z39.50, OAI-PMH), conceptual models and their representation (FRBR, RDF).
  3. Information discovery: conceptual models and their represenation (FRBR, RDF), OAI model, OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, NISO OpenURL, Syndication feeds, Portals, SOA, & Web 2.0. Information representation and retrieval: representation of text, images, video, audio, text retrieval, content based image and video retrieval.
  4. User interfaces: Personalization, multilingualism, visualization tools, virtual collections, & collaborative tools.
  5. Additional services: security, authentication, authorization, intellectual property rights and DRM, selected reservation issues, access to scientific repositories for e-Science and e-Learning.

Users and Usage of Digital Libraries: Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation (15 ECTS)

The course will provide students with

  • knowledge and understanding  of theories, models and best practices for developing digital libraries;
  • a methodological framework to consider user needs, expectations and perceptions needed to develop critical ability to plan digital library programmes. 

The course contains the following main units:

  1. A user-centred digital library.
  2. Target groups and communities of practice regarding the digital library users. 
  3. Measuring performance and value of digital libraries.
  4. Allocation of resources, collection management and information mediation in digital libraries. Marketing digital library services, economical and legal aspects of access.
  5. Library services and user training. Developing the digital competencies of users.
  6. Traineeship in digital libraries.
     

 

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