Tuesdays, 3PM - 6PM, UTA 1.210A

Course Instructor

Lecturer: Quinn Stewart MLIS
phone: (512) 232-6257
office: UTA 5.454C - D8600 / 1600 Guadalupe St., Suite 5.202
office hours: By appointment

Teaching Assistant: Sandra Yates

Course Description and Objectives

The purpose of this course is to examine the impact that digitization of analog materials has on culture generally, and libraries and archives specifically. An ongoing discussion of the transition from analog to digital systems as well as hands-on experiential work will be utilized in the classroom. The course will introduce students to how digitization can be used to create digital reproductions of the kinds of paper and audiovisual collection materials most commonly found in individual collections and organizational repositories. Students will digitize photographic formats, printed text, audio, and video—and consider how digitization can continue to influence the future by making the past more readily available.

Students will:

  1. learn the concepts of full informational capture, faithful digital reproductions, and sustainable digital collections;
  2. understand the variety of purposes for which digitization is used in libraries and archives from creating exhibits to building enduring collections;
  3. be introduced to how digital operations function within libraries and archives;
  4. become familiar with the standards, guidelines, and best practices associated with digitization.
  5. Be able to distinquish between "digitization for preservation" and "digital preservation", understand the relationship between these two concepts, and be familiar with the issues that "mass digitization" presents.

Required Texts- There are no books to be purchased for this class. Readings will be assigned from the online sources below, and additional sources.

  1. Cohen, Daniel J. and Rosenzweig, Roy Digital History-A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. 2005
  2. Hirtle, Peter B., Hudson, Emily, and Kenyon, Andrew T. Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Library, 2009. Available online at
  3. NISO. A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections. 3rd edition. Baltimore, MD: National Information Standards Organization, 2007. Available online at