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digitization skills Certificate Program and Course information

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Identify the selection, technical, and preservation issues that impact the success of digital projects.
  • Follow established protocols and standards to digitize and provide through well-crafted metadata and current digital asset management systems, access to digital objects.

Program Goals

The program's curriculum prepares students to work in digital repositories found in libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations. Instruction includes: project planning, digitization, metadata, copyright, preservation and end user access to digital materials. Students gain practical experience using industry standards in order to prepare them for entering the workforce.

Required Program Courses (Effective Fall 2014)

This program requires a sequence of 11.5 units including 5 required courses.

Course descriptions and Student Learning Outcomes:

  • BIT 25 SURVEY OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN BUSINESS

    Course Description: Survey of business computer technology, business software environments, and commonly used business software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics and database management. (3.0 units; 54 hours lecture). Transfer Credit: CSU.
    NOTE: This course is a prerequisite for LIB 121.  Students who have taken an equivalent course at another college can request a 'Prerequisite Challenge' (Form This information is in PDF form.).  Contact the program coordinator for assistance.

  • LIB 121 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGIES FOR DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

    Course description: Introduction to the basic processes of digital repositories including assessing collection materials, scanning, managing files for preservation, quality control and the use of digital asset management systems. (3.0 units; 54 hours lecture) Prerequisite: BIT 25.
    Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  1. Discuss the challenges and options relating to selection, imaging, and online access to digital objects that libraries confront when planning a digital program.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use imaging equipment and digital asset management software to create archival digital objects.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use imaging equipment and digital asset management software.
  4. Define basic technical terms used in digital projects.
  • LIB 122 INTRODUCTION TO METADATA FOR DIGITAL OBJECTS

    Course Description: Study of the basic principles of metadata development for digital repositories. Includes a survey of the most commonly adopted metadata schemas and controlled vocabularies with an emphasis on using the Dublin Core schema to create shareable metadata records. Students will gain practical experience in applying a selected metadata standard to a collection of digital objects. (3.0 units; 54 hours lecture) Prerequisite: LIB 121.
    Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  1. Identify the challenges libraries and cultural heritage institutions face when selecting and implementing a metadata schema for a digital collection.
  2. Implement a metadata schema for a digital collection.
  3. Implement controlled vocabularies for entering descriptive information.
  • LIB 123 INTRODUCTION TO COPYRIGHT ISSUES FOR DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

    Course Description: Introduction to copyright and privacy issues relating to digital projects. Includes an overview of public domain, fair-use, licensing, copyright status as selection criteria, and rights metadata. (1 unit; 18 hours lecture) Prerequisite: LIB 121.
    Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  1. Apply general principles of copyright to assess the copyright status of original works of authorship to determine appropriateness for digitization.
  2. Create a plan for communicating copyright status and use restrictions of digital content to online users.
  3. Describe the characteristics of a well-written release form.
  4. Create metadata that documents due diligence efforts to identify ownership.
  • LIB 126 DIGITIZATION INTERNSHIP

    Course Description: Supervised practical experience working on an approved digital project in a library or cultural heritage institution or other type of digitization project in addition to nine hours of class time during the course of the semester. Total of 9 hours of lecture and 60 hours field practice. (1.5 units; 9 lecture hours + 60 intern hours) Prerequisites: LIB 121 & LIB 122. Click here to review past intern sites; future intern sites may change.
    Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  1. Demonstrate how to create archival images and associated metadata.
  2. Describe and evaluate participation in an actual digital project as a tool for learning and potential employment.

  Other Recommended Courses:

  • LIB 105A Descriptive Cataloging Procedures in Online Environments (3 units)

Course Sequence

Proposed schedule

FALL 2014

SPRING 2015

SUMMER 2015

SUMMER 2015

LIB 121

LIB 122

LIB 123

LIB 126 Internship

Please call or e-mail the Program Coordinator for more information about the program:

Krista Goguen , Shatford Library, Room LL303
(626) 585-7832 / kfgoguen@pasadena.edu

Last updated 7/2014