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Developing Curriculum for Digital Libraries and Digital Curation Education: Reflections on Synergies and Divergencies

Jeffrey Pomerantz, Helen R. Tibbo, Jerome McDonough, Carole Palmer, Edward A. Fox and Javed Mostafa

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Over the past decade, there has been tremendous growth in professional opportunities for information and library science and computer science graduates in the areas of digital libraries and digital and data curation. These opportunities require a diverse set of skills to perform, manage and address a range of procedures, processes, and challenges across the life-cycle of digital objects, from point of creation, through dissemination, access, storage, use, re-use, and withdrawal. To train students to fill these new professional roles, there is a need for professional education to address the necessary competencies for managing digital collections. In response, several recent projects are developing curricula to prepare today’s students to work in the ever-evolving fields of digital libraries and digital and data curation.

This panel brings together researchers from four disparate curriculum development projects: Digital Libraries Curriculum Development project, a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration between the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech; Digital Libraries Education project, a collaboration between the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation (DigCCurr) project, an IMLS-funded collaboration between SILS and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); and Data Curation Education Program, an IMLS-funded project at GSLIS/UIUC.

Panelists will discuss similarities in topic areas between curricula for digital libraries education and digital and data curation education, where these developing curricula diverge, and ways in which these curricula may support each other. Further, panelists will address the convergence in educational opportunities across the ILS and CS disciplines.

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