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Futureproof - ANALOGUE practical digitisation skills

Futureproof - ANALOGUE practical digitisation skills


This short 'n sweet, 3 week course will focus on the practical tasks of creating “good” digital objects, such as scanned photos, digitised audio tapes or searchable text documents. It will consider the basic ideas of futureproofing analogue objects by digitalisation i.e. the creation of a digital facsimile.

This course is a great option for those who can't commit to longer study time, and would make a great complement to our earlier course Futureproof: Born Digital.

N.B. Some materials in the course may be similar to those found in the 6 week Catching the Third Wave: local resources, digital repositories and metadata, online course.

This is a short three week professional development unit. You will receive a certificate of participation upon successfully completing this course.

If you are participating in the ALIA PD Scheme, you may claim 15 points for this activity in the Assessed Short Course category.


Participants will discover the answers to the following questions:

  • What are “good” digital objects? What properties do they have?

  • What best practice guidelines are available for libraries regarding digitisation and digital objects?

  • How do I set up a digitisation workstation? What hardware and software is required?

  • What are the steps in creating new digital objects from analog materials such as printed matter or audio tapes?

  • How do I ensure that existing digital objects can be accessed and viewed in the future?


You work in the library and information sector and:

You work in or are interested in digitisation and the running of digital archives or repositories.
You are interested in upgrading your skills and knowledge in relation to hardware such as scanners, digital cameras, audio devices, or software such as audio editing and clean up, or basic image manipulation.


Contact with facilitators will be through ONLINE forums on Moodle (the online Learning Management System used by Sydney TAFE for these courses).

Participants will connect with each other through forum discussions.

There are no specific times you need to be available.

The time investment required is approximately 4-5 hours per week, depending in the individual.

The course can be completed in 3 weeks but as it is developed to be self paced, it can be finished earlier or later depending on your learning styles and needs. If you wish to vary the usual time taken, please discuss this with your teacher.

No specific hardware – other than a computer with internet access – is required for this course. A short list of recommended software will be provided closer to the start date. The course will endeavour to offer open source and free alternatives to proprietary software.


Our training partner for this course is Sydney TAFE. Sydney TAFE is part of one of the largest and most innovative education and training providers in Australia.

Each year, they help more than 70,000 students achieve their education, learning and work-skills goals through 800 rewarding and exciting nationally recognised courses and training programs offered across seven Sydney Institute TAFE colleges, in the workplace, online and via distance learning.

More information

p. 1800 020 071

e. training@alia.org.au

N.B. To access the course at member prices please ensure you are logged in first. Institutions registering staff under the institution's ALIA membership should ensure those staff are listed under their membership before registering, or member pricing will not be applied to those individuals.(Go to My Profile/My Memberships/Members tab)

Cancellation Policy
Registrations up to 3 weeks prior = full refund
Registrations between 1-2 weeks prior = 50% refund
Registrations cancelled 1 week prior or later = no refund
Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category).

Contact training@alia.org.au for information.

Event details

Where: Online

When: 2 May - 22 May

Registrations Open: 2 Mar 17 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 18 Apr 17 11:59 PM

Cost: $270 members, $399 non-members

Register now and secure your attendance