This semester my classes look to be extremely educational and exciting. The list with basic descriptions are:
Metadata– This course looks at ways of cataloging various resources using XML descriptive code. The difference between XML and HTML is that HTML serves to display data, via web-pages, and XML seeks to describe data on web-pages and other data. Essentially XML can catalog anything, from blogs, books (digital and print), photographs, pottery, art, furniture, letters, etc. These items can then be placed or scanned into digital formats and their XML tags made available, so that users can search the metadata and use it to know about the author, publisher, publish dates, when it was put online, who owns it, and more. It’s quite common for online information to not have this kind of information, limiting access and losing substance. In this class, we are going to work in various metadata schemas and create records.
Library planning, marketing, and assessment– This course will have us working with a librarian/library in providing a new or improved service. We will work towards planning the project, then marketing it, and then assessing it. In order to do this effectively, we will look at various studies, articles, and other scholarly works to assist us in the processes. Of course, papers on each step is required and the librarian will assess our work.
Digital libraries– This course will look at understanding the controversies surrounding digital libraries and their current directions, on national and international levels. In addition, we will compare and contrast digital libraries; and we will also create a digital library, based upon our own topic of choice.
By the time this semester is all said and done, I’ll not only be a more “beefed” up library student, but a beat one too!