POWRR Professional Development Institutes for Digital Preservation
Since its inception in 2012, the Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources (Digital POWRR) Project has endeavored to make digital preservation more accessible to a wider range of professionals.
Building on the previous success of the Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources (Digital POWRR) project, POWRR is now entering Phase 3 of its work thanks to generous grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The “POWRR Professional Development Institutes for Digital Preservation” grant will enable project staff to organize and hold five two-day professional institutes enabling librarians and archivists from small and mid-sized institutions to build skills for curating and preserving digital collections. Utilizing an application process, 30 individuals will be selected to attend each POWRR Institute, resulting in a total of 150 individuals between the five events. Institutes will be offered free of charge, with financial assistance available to participants with need, and will incorporate hands-on technical training, engagement with institutional case studies, and one-on-one consultation with expert practitioners drawn from the digital preservation field. Institutes will utilize a modified cohort model to encourage attendees to form communities of practice that will continue after the conclusion of the Institutes. Attendees will also depart the Institutes with a personalized and actionable preservation plan that will enable them to take action upon returning to their institutions.
From 2015-2016, the Digital POWRR Project utilized grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, to continue to develop and refine the day-long POWRR workshop. Although the grant initially allowed for a minimum of six workshops to be conducted, the team was able exceed that goal. By finding generous hosts who allowed the use of their facilities for free, and by other creative resource stretching, the instruction team was able to travel to a over a dozen locations. The project also made a number of travel bursaries available, to help those with financial need be able to attend the workshop. To reach more interested people, the team frequently conducted multiple workshops at a single location. Project staff collected expansive feedback from attendees and used it to improve the workshop continuously.
From 2012-2014, the Digital POWRR Project, an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded study investigated, evaluated, and recommended scalable, sustainable digital preservation solutions for libraries with smaller amounts of data and/or fewer resources. During the course of the study, Digital POWRR Project team members realized that many information professionals felt overwhelmed by the scope of the problem. Team members prepared a workshop curriculum based off the findings of the study and presented it to several groups of information professionals as part of the project’s dissemination phase. Demand for the workshops was high – registration for these workshops filled up quickly and created a long waiting list of eager professionals trying to get into the workshops. Towards the end of the project, organizations of information professionals were still reaching out to team members in hopes to bring the workshop to their area. With the funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, the workshop can continue providing practical, hands-on solutions to begin digital preservation practices to meet the demands of the information professionals from small and under-funded institutions.
This new phase of the POWRR Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Last Modified: 01/06/2016