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Professional Development Resources for Public Librarians: Digital Preservation and Digitization Training Resources

This resource guide was designed to provide public librarians with access to continuing education and professional development resources.

Public Library Partnerships Project

The Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  provides digital skills training for public librarians and connects them to other state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content. The Digital Public Library of America worked with state and regional Hubs Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Montana Memory Project, and Mountain West Digital Library to write and iterate a workshop curriculum based on documented best practices. This six-module curriculum is intended for digitization beginners."

The Sustainable Heritage Network

Alaska Digital Stewardship Intensive

Starting on January 8, 2019 Alaska State Library, Archive and Museum staff will be coordinating an Alaska Digital Stewardship Training Intensive. The Alaska Digital Stewardship Training Intensive is free and open to any staff or volunteer working in a collecting institution, such as a library, archive or museum.

The Sustainable Heritage Network's Digital Stewardship Curriculum created by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University, is designed to introduce staff in small cultural institutions to all aspects of the digital stewardship lifecycle. Participants will have twelve weeks to work through the four online modules. The first module focuses on creating collection development policies, bringing collections into your institution and setting up sustainable digital projects. The second module covers organization and management of collections, description, and digitizing planning and procedures. The third module will cover digital preservation, creating a digital preservation plan and physical preservation. The fourth and final module will cover access and use policies, rights management and online access platforms. Participants are also invited to attend a series of virtual lectures and discussions led by experienced facilitators from Alaska. Presenters will also be available to serve as mentors and guides.  The 12 week training will intersect with the Alaska Library Association conference to be held in Juneau, February 28-March 3, 2019.

Links to all of the upcoming Digital Stewardship Intensive Webinars may be found on the CE Calendar.

Digital Preservation Outreach & Education

The Library of Congress has developed a Digital Preservation Outreach & Education curriculum that consists of the six topics: Identify, Select, Store, Protect and Manage and Provide. The following links are to short video clips featuring Library of Congress staff sharing real life examples of how each topic is applied in their library.

Cornell University Library Digital Preservation Tutorial

The Cornell University Library Digital Preservation Tutorial covers the following topics: setting the stage, terms & concepts, obsolescence & physical threats, foundations, challenges and program elements.

General Digitization Resources