Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0029 (AF:448577 AR:252132)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The aim of the course (which is part of the characterizing and compulsory ones of the degree course in Archival and library science) is to provide students with the fundamental bases of bibliography and librarianship, before dedicating the main part of the course to the topic of the management and use of digital libraries and hypertexts

At the end of the course students will be able to utilize (as users) any digital library and to orient themselves (as librarians) in the main work activities of any contemporary library, especially if at least partially digital.
No particular prerequisites are necessary, if not the knowledge of the Italian language and a suitable cultural level for a humanistic university student.
The subject of the course will be: the difference between bibliographies, library catalogs and collections of documents; the main types of bibliographies and online catalogs; the main tasks (management and access of collections, indexing, reference service, information literacy) and the main values (freedom and intellectual property, social responsibility, confidentiality, professionalism) of librarians; contents (e-books, e-journals, open archives, databases, hypertexts etc.), services (digitizalization, online reference, digital lending, digital preservation, etc.), evaluation and problems of digital libraries.
For the definitive bibliography see


--- Bibliografia per i frequentanti:

Gabriele Mazzitelli, Che cos'è una biblioteca (Carocci, 2005)
IFLA, Codice etico per le bibliotecarie e le altre lavoratrici nel settore dell'informazione (2012).
Il web e gli studi storici: guida critica all'uso della rete, a cura di Rolando Minuti (Carocci, 2015). Solo il capitolo 1 (Biblioteche e bibliografie online).
Biblioteche e biblioteconomia: principi e questioni, a cura di Giovanni Solimine e Paul Gabriele Weston (Carocci, 2015). Solo i capitoli 15 (Biblioteca digitale) e 21 (La conservazione delle memorie digitali).
Riccardo Ridi, La biblioteca come ipertesto: verso l'integrazione dei servizi e dei documenti (Editrice Bibliografica, 2007). Solo le parti II e III (p. 83-273).
Riccardo Ridi, Ipertesto (AIB, 2018).

--- Bibliografia supplementare per i non-frequentanti, che quindi dovranno studiare tutti i testi del precedente elenco e in aggiunta anche i seguenti:
Biblioteche e biblioteconomia: principi e questioni, a cura di Giovanni Solimine e Paul Gabriele Weston (Carocci, 2015). Solo i capitoli 16 (La biblioteca sul Web) e 17 (Leggere e fare ricerca in un mondo digitale)
Maria Teresa Biagetti, Le biblioteche digitali. Tipologie, funzionalità e modelli di sviluppo (Franco Angeli, 2019)

--- La bibliografia alternativa per gli studenti che devono sostenere l'esame di lineamenti di biblioteca digitale è disponibile in una apposita pagina:
Three open-ended questions to be answered in written form in 45 minutes. The questions will instead be 4 (to be answered in 60 minutes) for those who will not support the mid-course test that will be done online, by writing a short text on a course topic.
Lessons and exercitations completely online (except face to face final examination).
Lessons, meetings and seminars calendars, bibliography, teaching materials and news available at

To take part in the course students must register on the Ca 'Foscari e-learning platform ( ).

The lessons are scheduled "in the virtual classroom" on certain days because each course must necessarily have a timetable, but this indication is purely administrative, because the lessons consist of a series of teaching materials (which are put online at the beginning of the week and to which students can access at any time until the end of the course) and in a forum for discussion (constantly available from the beginning to the end of the course). So the course can also be followed by those who can not be online on certain days of the week.

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support
services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 16/02/2023