Digital Library: Social Functions and Human Resources
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Digitaalraamatukogu: sotsiaalsed funktsioonid ja inimressursid
Course title in English
Digital Library: Social Functions and Human Resources
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Aira Lepik (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create the prerequisites for obtaining knowledge on nature, goals and objectives of digital library.
To support the prerequisites for the formation of knowledge and skills for analysing social functions and human resources of digital library.
Brief description of the course
The aim and nature of digital library. Development of concepts of digital libray. Areas of digital library development – resources, content, users, functionality, policy, quality, architecture. Framework of digital library development – projects, communities. Thoeretical foundations of digital library models. Human capital in digital library. Social value and impact of digital library. Human resources management in digital library.
Independent work
Practical written individual assignments (case studies)
Learning outcomes in the course
By the end of the course the student:
Knows the core of digital library, concepts and approches to digital library.
Is able to analyse and assess the basics of digital library theoretical models.
Is able to analyse and assess the impact of human resources to the development of digital library.
Is able to develop and evaluate the social impact of digital library.
Assessment methods
Exam. Formative assessement ( final grade is a composite of the grades of practical assignments).
lekt Aira Lepik
Study literature
Borgman, C. L. (2000). From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in the Networked World. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Calhoun, K. (2014). Exploring Digital Libraries. Foundations, practice, prospects. London: Facet Publishing.
Chowdhury, G. G., Chowdhury, S. (2002). Introduction to Digital Libraries. London: Facet Publishing.
Digital Library Futures: User Perspectives and Strategies. (2010). Ed by Verheul, I., Tammaro, A.-M., Witt, S. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur (IFLA Puclications; 146).
Lankes, D. (2011). The Atlas of New Librarianship. Cambridge (Mass.); London: MIT Press.
Lesk, M. (2009). Understanding Digital Libraries. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman.
Valikuliselt artiklid ajakirjadest D-Lib Magazine ja International Journal on Digital Libraries

Replacement literature
Arms, W. (2001). Digital Libraries. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Lankes, D. (2012). Expect more. Demanding Better Libraries for Today`s Complex World. Jamesville, NY: Riland Publishing.
Pace, A. K. (2003). Ultimate Digital Library: Where the New Information Players Meet. Chicago : American Library Association.
Tedd, L., Large, A. (2005). Digital Libraries: Principles and Practice in a Global Environment. Munich, Germany: K. G. Saur.
The Whole Digital Library Handbook. (2007). Ed by D. Kresh. American Library Association.
Witten, I., Bainbridge, D. (2003). How to Build a Digital Library. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.