Professional Development Opportunities While Working From Home

Looking for a little direction as you work from home? Check out the Recollection Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit and other virtual training opportunities to enhance your digital collections work. Reposted from DPI’s Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog.

  • The Recollection Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit is a free online course covering the basics of digitization projects. There are 5 modules — project planning, copyright, scanning, metadata, and storage — that each take around 30 minutes to complete. The course was created by Recollection Wisconsin in 2016 with support from WPLC, and updated in 2019 to go along with the DPI-funded digitization kits for public library systems.
  • The Digital Stewardship Curriculum from the Sustainable Heritage Network and the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University covers all aspects of the digital stewardship lifecycle – bringing materials in, managing and organizing materials, preserving materials, and providing access to materials. The curriculum is intended for cultural heritage professionals working in or with Indigenous communities but many of the topics are also replicable for small, non-Indigenous institutions. 
  • The DPLA Service Hubs in Minnesota and Pennsylvania have created great resources for understanding copyright issues and assigning standardized rights statements for digitized cultural heritage materials. The Minnesota Digital Library’s video training sessions offer helpful steps for choosing standardized rights statements. PA Digital’s recorded webinars include a general overview of copyright as well as specific rights issues for oral histories and newspapers. 
  • The Northeast Document Conservation Center has an archive of free recorded webinars on topics like grant writing for audiovisual digitization projects. They also regularly offer fee-based live and on-demand webinars on preservation and access for both digital and physical archives. 
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