Since its inception, the DPOE team has been active in researching and developing a program that can meet the digital preservation education needs of individuals currently working in the field. As part of this effort the DPOE team has defined training needs, reviewed existing digital preservation curricula, and compiled core principles for digital preservation training.
Growing a National Trainer Network
From September 20-23, 2011 DPOE held its first national Train-the-Trainer workshop. 24 working professionals from the 6 regions of the United States came to the Library of Congress to learn how to teach digital preservation and become DPOE Trainers. DPOE Trainers provide digital preservation training events in communities throughout the country. Moving forward, DPOE will continue to hold Train-the-Trainer workshops to broaden the reach of the National Trainer Network. Since the network's creation, subsequent Train-the-Trainer events in Indiana and Illinois have expanded the network to 63 Topical Trainers.
Defining Training Needs
To hone in on national digital preservation training needs, DPOE conducted a needs assessment survey in the Summer and Fall of 2010. 868 archivists, librarians, information officers, corporate executives, and similar professionals responded to the survey. A significant number of them identified a need for practical digital preservation information and hands-on training. The results of the survey are available in an Executive Summary [PDF], as cross-tabulated questions [PDF], and are recorded by percentage [PDF].
During the winter of 2010 DPOE reviewed the curricula of five digital preservation training providers:
- Cornell University-ICPSR Digital Preservation Management Workshops
- Educopia Institute, MetaArchive Cooperative
- University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management program
- University of North Carolina, DigCCurr (Digital Curation Curriculum) program
This review helped DPOE to craft a more targeted curriculum for working professionals.
Forming Core Principles
A working group of DPOE instructors drafted a set of core principles for digital preservation training. These principles are intended to encourage the development of a well-formed curriculum for inclusive training events that are offered to appropriate audiences by trained instructors. They are loosely modeled on the principles developed in A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).