Curating Community Digital Collections (CCDC) aims to increase small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions’ capacity to organize, store and manage their existing digital content and provide future information professionals with practical experience in digital stewardship.
Through a competitive application process, six Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums, historical societies or other memory institutions, aka “Host Sites,” will be selected to host a graduate student from the Library and Information Studies program at UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee in Summer 2018. Students will complete 120-150 hours of work for Host Sites, earning course credit as well as a stipend.
Each prospective Host Site will designate a Host Site Supervisor who will facilitate student work during the placement period, participate in all training opportunities, and commit to continuing project work after the placement concludes. For a more detailed description of these responsibilities, please see Host Site Supervisor Expectations.
Before the student placement begins, each Host Site will work with the Program Coordinator to develop a plan for an appropriate digital stewardship project. You do not have to have a specific project identified in order to apply. Projects might include activities such as creating an inventory of digital content, moving files from external media to more stable storage solutions, establishing a file naming convention and renaming files, or standardizing and enhancing existing metadata. Projects should not include supporting new or continuing digitization/reformatting efforts.
An ideal Host Site organization:
- is a Wisconsin library, archive, museum, historical society or other cultural heritage institution that serves a small or mid-sized community and/or serves historically underrepresented populations.
- has worked or intends to work directly with community digital collections.
- has discussed or encountered a challenge related to basic digital preservation concepts, but struggles with moving from theory to implementation.
- is limited in its ability to provide funding for staff to attend digital preservation training or participate in other professional development opportunities.
- is comfortable with basic technology tools typically found within a library or archives environment but is also open to learning more intermediate tools and concepts.
- would benefit from being a part of a small cohort of similar organizations, and who will put forth effort into sustaining those connections beyond the initial project term.
- is committed to actively participating in a statewide community of practice around digital preservation, both during and after the Summer 2018 placement.
- is committed to helping develop the next generation of information professionals in Wisconsin.
Is your organization ready to submit a draft or final application? See How To Apply. Final applications are due February 28, 2018.
This opportunity is made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, #RE-85-17-0127-17 and is coordinated by WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services) on behalf of the Recollection Wisconsin collaborative statewide digital program.