This course provides a theoretical foundation and practical experience in building digital collections. It will introduce students to all aspects of building digital collections including planning, user needs analysis, selecting standards and content management systems, creating digital objects and metadata, designing user interface, preservation of digital objects, and management and evaluation of digital collections. Topics covered include content creation standards and best practices, metadata, interoperability, sustainability, scalability of management systems, and concepts related to designing access tools and delivery systems. Discussion of technology and its application to digital library and archives practices will be a major theme. 3 credits.