POWRR Digital Preservation Professional Development Institute

By Patt Leonard

Apply to the Digital POWRR Digital Preservation Professional Development Institute

Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Digital POWRR is holding five intensive institutes in 2017-2019, 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.

Right now, the Digital POWRR team invites applications for the 3rd POWRR Institute, to be held on June 14-15, 2018, at the Arizona State University Library in Tempe, Arizona. This Institute is generously sponsored by the ASU Library. Additionally, due to their logistical support, we are able to offer 3 nights of free dormitory housing to all attendees. Scholarships to help cover travel expenses are also available to those demonstrating further financial need.

An ideal candidate for a POWRR institute may be someone who fits some of these descriptions:

  • Someone who works in a “boots on the ground” role (this could be any range of positions in the cultural heritage sector, but the idea is that your primary role is not one as an administrator.
  • Someone who has been exposed to basic digital preservation concepts, but has struggled with moving from theory to practice.
  • Someone who represents or serves historically underrepresented populations.
  • Someone who is comfortable with basic technology (navigating a basic computing environment) but who would benefit from instruction on more intermediate concepts.
  • Someone employed by an institution unable to provide professional development funding adequate to attend other digital preservation training opportunities.
  • Someone who works directly with digital materials, and who can work with POWRR instructors to start to create a rudimentary assessment document on digital preservation readiness at your own institution.
  • Someone who would benefit from being a part of a small cohort of professionals like themselves, and who will put forth effort into sustaining these professional connections after the end of the Institute.

For more details on the POWRR Institutes, please visit the following page: http://digitalpowrr.niu.edu/institutes/

Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/Sc5rpdAJUwmsrhWj1

(Note: we are collecting responses via Google Forms. Because we have the upload feature enabled, it will ask you to sign in to Google. If you do not have a Google account, please contact Stacey Erdman at stacey.erdman@gmail.com for a copy of the application)

Application deadline: March 23, 2018
Applicants will be notified of application status by the week of April 9, 2018.

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