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PCC Archives & Digital Collections and Digitization Skills Certificate Programs

A Guide for prospective/current/alumni students to learn more about the Archives & Digital Collections Assistant Certificate of Achievement and Digitization Skills for Libraries & Cultural Heritage Institution Occupational Skills Certificate Programs.

ARCHIVES & DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT (Certificate of Achievement | 7 courses, 15 units)

This Certificate of Achievement prepares students for assistant-level work in traditional and digital archival collections. 

The ARCHIVES & DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT Certificate incorporates and expands on the shorter DIGITIZATION SKILLS CERTIFICATE with three additional courses on archival practices, digital image editing and digital preservation skills to better prepare students for work in archives, special collections and the digitization field.

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Digitization Skills Certificate: Program Description and Required Courses & Sample Schedule

ARCHIVES & DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Preparation for assistant-level work in traditional and digital archival collections. Practical instruction in appraising, handling, arranging, describing, and preserving unique materials; creating, editing, and preserving print and “born digital” objects to ensure the availability of these materials in the future.


REQUIRED COURSES & SAMPLE SCHEDULE


FALL

LIB 120 - INTRODUCTION TO ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (3 units)

Course Description: 
Basic archival principles and practices including: handling, storing, describing, organizing, and  preserving documents 
and data. Use of Describing Archival Collections (DACs) for discovery of archival collections. Survey of current online systems for managing archival materials.  

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

1. Analyze methods for appraising, handling, organizing, preserving and describing archival materials.       2. Assess the issues related to handling, protection and access of archival collections

 

LIB 121 - INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGIES FOR DIGITAL COLLECTIONS (3 units)

Course Description: 
Basic processes of digital repositories including assessing collection materials, scanning, managing files for preservation, quality control and the use of digital asset management systems. 

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

1. Identify the challenges and options relating to selection, imaging and delivery of digital objects.   2. Create digital objects using imaging equipment and digital asset management software

 

LIB 123 - INTRODUCTION TO COPYRIGHT ISSUES FOR DIGITAL COLLECTIONS (1 unit)

Course Description: 
Introduction to copyright and privacy issues relating to digital projects. Includes an overview of public domain, fair-use, licensing, copyright status as selection criteria, and rights metadata.

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

1. Apply general principles of copyright to assess the copyright status of original works of authorship to determine appropriateness for digitization. 

2. Create a plan for communicating copyright status and use restrictions of digital content to online users.


SPRING

LIB 122 - INTRODUCTION TO METADATA FOR DIGITAL OBJECTS (3 units) 

Course Description: 
Study of the basic principles of metadata development for digital repositories. Includes a survey of the most commonly adopted metadata schemas and controlled vocabularies with an emphasis on using the Dublin Core schema to create shareable metadata records. Students will gain practical experience in applying a selected metadata standard to a collection of digital objects. Prerequisite: LIB 121.

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

1. Identify the options available to libraries and cultural heritage organizations when selecting and implementing a metadata schema for a digital collection.

2. Implement a metadata schema for a digital collection.

 

LIB 124 - SURVEY DIGITAL PRESERVATION (1 unit)

Course Description:
Examination of core components and functions of a digital preservation program. Topics include digital preservation strategies, tools, and policies that work effectively for a variety of data types and cultural heritage organizations. 
Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of LIB 121 and LIB 122.

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

Identify and assess standards for digital preservation.

1. Evaluate digital preservation strategies, methods and tools to determine what may be appropriate for particular material types, users and institutions.


SUMMER

LIB 126 ARCHIVES & DIGITAL COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP (1 unit)

Course Description: 
Supervised practical experience working in an approved archives, specialized collection or digital project in a library, museum, or other type of organization. Pass/no pass grading. Requires 60 hours of non-paid work or 75 hours of paid work for one semester unit.  

Prerequisites: LIB 121 

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be assessed on their ability to:

1. Demonstrate processes and best practice techniques:

For Digital Projects Sites: Demonstrate processes and best practice techniques for creating archival images

and/or Demonstrate skill in creating complete metadata records following the best practices standards of the institution.

For Archives Sites: Demonstrate processes and best practice techniques for appraising, handling, organizing,  preserving and/or describing archival materials.  

2. Describe and evaluate participation in a digital project or archives as a tool for learning and potential employment


ANY TERM

PHOT 002 - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I (3 units)

Archives & Digital Collections Assistant Program Map