POWRR Institutes (2017-2019)

POWRR Professional Development Institutes for Digital Preservation (2017-2019)

In 2017-2019, the Digital POWRR team put on five intensive 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 were selected to attend each POWRR Institute, resulting in a total of 150 individuals between the five events. Institutes were offered free of charge, with financial assistance available to participants with need, and incorporated hands-on technical training, engagement with institutional case studies, and one-on-one consultations with expert practitioners drawn from the digital preservation field. Institutes utilized a modified cohort model to encourage attendees to form communities of practice that were intended to continue after the conclusion of the Institutes. Attendees also departed the Institutes with a personalized and actionable preservation plan that enabled them to take action upon returning to their institutions. Institute events were held at the following locations:

Calendar of Institutes

InstituteLocationApplication Goes LiveApplication DeadlineInstitute Dates
Institute OneNaperville, IL – NIU Naperville Conference Center (map)August 28, 2017September 15, 2017November 30-December 1, 2017
Institute TwoWarm Springs, OR (Sponsored by the Sustainable Heritage Network – in conjunction with Northwest Archivists 2018 Annual Meeting)November 30, 2017February 2, 2018April 28-29, 2018
Institute ThreeTempe, AZ (Arizona State University Library)March 5, 2018March 23, 2018June 14-15, 2018
Institute FourWashington, D.C. (George Washington University campus)October 15, 2018November 15, 2018 March 12-13, 2019
Institute FiveNaperville, IL – NIU Naperville Conference Center (Rescheduled from January)September 5, 2018October 5, 2018April 18-19, 2019


Contact us (digital.powrr.workshops [at] gmail.com), or @DigitalPOWRR on Twitter.