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Build an Instructor Base

Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at University of Michigan has been working with DPOE to develop a DPOE Train-the-Trainer workshop for digital preservation. The workshop consists of six modules:

  • Identify - What digital content do you have?
  • Select - What portion of that content is your responsibility to preserve?
  • Store - How should digital content be stored for the long term?
  • Protect - What steps need to be taken to protect your digital content?
  • Provide - How should digital content be made available?
  • Manage - What provisions should be made for long term management?

The workshop provides attendees with not only this basic digital preservation curriculum, but also with tips and techniques for conducting successful workshops.

The interactive map below displays the national distribution of the first class of trainers to emerge from the DPOE Baseline Train-the-Trainer workshop held at the Library of Congress from September 20 - 23, 2011 For more information about how you can draw upon trainers within your region for digital preservation training contact us.

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The workshop was taught by a leading group of digital preservation educators:

  • Robin Dale is the director of Digital Services for LYRASIS. In that position, she develops LYRASIS’ organizational strategy for digital programs, identifies and implements digital services initiatives and creates alliances and partnerships with key organizations in the digital arena. Previously, she was the associate university librarian for Collections and Library Information Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to UCSC, she was a long-time program manager at RLG and served as the project director of the Center for Research Libraries Auditing and Certification of Digital Archives project.

  • Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern is the Digital Preservation Officer (DPO) and a Research Assistant Professor at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. Her responsibilities as the DPO include developing policies that reflect prevailing standards and practices in the digital preservation community, and developing appropriate preservation strategies for the digital content ICPSR collects. She has almost 25 years of experience with the preservation of digital content, including a decade working on electronic records at the US National Archives. She was designated a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2009 and a Digital Preservation Pioneer by NDIIPP in 2010.

  • Mary Molinaro is Associate Dean for Library Technologies at the University of Kentucky Libraries. Her professional interests include the intersection of information and technology, specifically issues surrounding standards, practices, and education for digital preservation. In addition to library technology, her research interests include building library infrastructure for developing nations; this work took her to Vietnam, Ecuador, and to Tunisia as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

  • Dr. Katherine Skinner is the Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that acts as a catalyst for collaborative approaches to the production and preservation of scholarship. She also serves as the Program Director for the MetaArchive Cooperative, a distributed digital preservation solution for cultural memory organizations. She was previously the digital projects librarian at Emory University, where she received her Ph.D. Dr. Skinner has also served as a faculty member specializing in the topic of digital preservation for numerous workshops, including the NEDCC series "Stewardship of Digital Assets" and LYRASIS' "Staying on TRAC" series for digital collaboratives.

  • Mike Thuman is Associate Vice President Archiving at Tessella, a consulting and technology services company, where he works with organizations of all sizes to collaborate on the education, definition, and deployment of digital preservation programs. Previously Mike was Director, Digital Preservation for Ex Libris USA. Mike has participated in LYRASIS' recent "Staying on TRAC" workshop, ICPSR's "Digital Preservation Management Course: Implementing Short-Term Strategies for Long Term Problems" and the "Stewardship of Digital Assets" workshop. Mike has a long-standing IT background where he has collaborated with institutions on the need for digitization, assisted with development of scanners and document management systems and has worked with emerging technologies to allow organizations to keep pace with evolving needs. Mike serves on the Board of Trustees for his local library, the Summit County Library System.

  • Dr. Helen R. Tibbo is the Alumni Distinguished Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches archives and records management; digital curation and preservation; appraisal; and archival access, outreach, and public service. She was Principle Investigator (PI) for the IMLS-funded DigCCurr I and DigCCurr II projects to develop an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master's and doctoral level students. Dr. Tibbo earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park in Library and Information Services and has Master's degrees in Library and Information Science and American Studies. She was named a Digital Preservation Pioneer in October 2011.