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Digital Preservation

DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshops

DPOE grows its trainer network by conducting Train-the-Trainer Workshops. DPOE has trained a total of 169 Digital Preservation Topical Trainers in the United States and Territories, and 48 Trainers across Australia and New Zealand. A total of eight domestic Workshops have been hosted by the Library of Congress, the Indiana State Archives, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the California Preservation Program, State Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky, Inc, Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Two Australian events were sponsored by the National and State Libraries Australasia, and held in Melbourne and Sydney.

How Train-the-Trainer Works
Emerging Trainers are introduced to the Trainer Network after attending a Train-the-Trainer Workshop. Over the course of the Workshop, attendees are trained in the DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum. At the conclusion of the Workshop, the Library of Congress certifies the attendees as Digital Preservation Topical Trainers in recognition of their ability to teach the DPOE Baseline Curriculum to working professionals. All Topical Trainers agree to teach at least one module of the curriculum within six months of completing training.

How to become a DPOE Trainer
DPOE actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with organizations, wherever they may be, to advance the practice of digital preservation through the DPOE Workshop. Through a unique cost-sharing model, DPOE enables organizations to provide a high-quality, professional development opportunity to their staff and other affiliated professionals.

How to bring Train-the-Trainer to your organization
DPOE partners build capacity to envision and lead state-of-art digital preservation strategies and actionable solutions through a small investment in professional development. The DPOE Program will provide in-kind contributions of resources, such as supplying training materials, coordinating with instructors, providing meeting planning and events management support, and promoting the event. The DPOE host organization provides meeting space, identifies additional partners (if applicable) and attendees, and coordinates planning and management of onsite logistics. If you are interested in hosting a DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, please email