Academic journal article Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

Digital Library and Digital Curation Education, Part One

Academic journal article Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

Digital Library and Digital Curation Education, Part One

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For decades, perhaps centuries, libraries, archives, and museums have operated more or less independently of one another, working behind their literal physical and metaphorical disciplinary walls. True, there have always been hybrids: libraries in museums, archives in libraries, etc. But by and large, these cultural heritage institutions have gone their own way, developing their own processes and practices, tools and technologies.

The phrase "since the advent of the web," and phrases synonymous, have been wildly overused in the past 1 5 years or so . . . since, well, the advent of the web. Nevertheless, since the advent of the web it has become increasingly obvious that libraries, archives, and museums are doing similar work, and frankly always have been. In an era of mass digitization of physical artifacts, and mass creation of born-digital objects, the challenges faced by cultural heritage institutions of all types are increasingly shared.

In response, these disciplines- library and information science, archival studies, and museum studies - have come to realize that they increasingly share overlapping educational goals. Only in the past few years, however, have significant efforts been launched in programs in these disciplines to develop curricula to identify and meet these educational goals. This issue of JELIS contains the first half of a special section on Digital Library and Digital Curation curricula. …

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