CS959 – Library Technology & Systems

Credits 20
Level 5
Semester 2
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 18 | Tutorials: 0 | Labs: 18
Assignments: 80 | Self study: 84
Assessment Students will complete an individual assignment (50% of the marks) and sit an examination (50% of the marks).
Resit TBC
Lecturer Dr Diane Pennington


General Aims

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the theories of digitisation and the concept of digital libraries;
  • provide an understanding of digital library services and the role of information professionals in their operation;
  • provide exposure to current and emerging technologies and their application in library and information settings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:

  • understand the foundations and evolution of digital libraries
  • apply practical skills surrounding digitisation and digital preservation
  • identify issues surrounding digital privacy and ethics
  • develop and maintain accessible and usable online services with current tools
  • recognise and employ relational databases for digital services
  • employ social media within organisational contexts and create social media policies
  • understand the role of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in delivering socially responsible and inclusive services


  • Theory and practice of digitisation and digital preservation
  • The role of makerspaces and fab labs in library services
  • Ethics and privacy of digital services
  • Web site development, accessibility and usability
  • Relational databases
  • Social media for libraries and other organisations

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Social Media for Creative Libraries. Bradley, P. London: Facet Publishing. 2015.

The Library in the Twenty-first Century. Brophy, P. London: Facet Publishing. 2007.

Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Burke, J. J. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. 2014.

Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects. Calhoun, K. London: Facet Publishing. 2014.

Librarianship: An Introduction. Chowdhury, C.C., Burton, P.F., McMenemy, D. and Poulter, A. London: Facet Publishing. 2007.

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. Krug, S. Berkeley: New Riders. 2014.

Makerspaces in Libraries. Willingham, T. and de Boer, J. Lanham: Roman & Littlefield. 2015.