Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Appraisal and Collection Development for Digital Special Collections

Instructor: Natalie Baur

Dates: August 5th through 30th, 2019

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


This course covers principles of appraisal and collection development for creating unique digital collections that form part of an institutional repository or digital special collections. Using archival theory and principles of digital curation, the student will gain the understanding necessary to select digital materials that are in line with institutional and community collecting guidelines and missions. This course will also allow students to receive feedback and guidance on current appraisal or collection development projects they may have underway at their place of work or that are of personal study interest to the student.

Course goals:

  • Introduction to key concepts of archival theory as it pertains to the appraisal and acquisition process for unique digital materials and digital collections
  • Exploration of key areas and concepts of appraisal specific to digital curation: data sets, databases, email, digitized content, e-books, and other types of digitized and born-digital content.
  • Legal and ethical issues related to selecting, retaining and discarding of digital collections

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Natalie Baur

Natalie Baur is currently the Digital Preservation Librarian at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, an institution of higher learning specializing in the humanities and social sciences. Previously, she served as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries and was a 2015-2016 Fulbright-García Robles fellowship recipient, looking at digital preservation issues in Mexican libraries, archives and museums. She holds an M.A. in History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and an M.L.S. with a concentration in Archives, Information and Records Management from the University of Maryland.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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