Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success

Certificate Eligibility: 
DAS
Credits: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Length: 
1 day
Format: 
In-Person
Max Attendees: 
35
Tier: 
Foundational
Description: 

Digital archives require professional curatorial practices just as paper archives do. In this course, you’ll discover the differences and similarities between curating paper and electronic records, learn a system of best practices for digital curation, and review what any institution needs to implement to ensure the success of its own digital curation.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify the components of team building and digital curation that are necessary to begin working toward a curation prototype in your institution
Pinpoint areas to invest in locally to build knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a digital repository program at your institution
Review existing digital repository characteristics that best illustrate roads to success
Gain access to resources, guides, models, and best practices relevant to the digital curation/repository landscape
Recognize and establish relationships within your organization to achieve a digital archives repository program
Who Should Attend?: 

Practitioners, managers, librarians, museum professionals, and administrators who’ll be asked to design a digital archives or need to improve the operation of such an archives, as well archival professionals whose institution is beginning to discuss digital content management for business records, publications, archival content, research data, and a host of other uses

What You Should Already Know: 

Appraisal of records, providing access to records, and some knowledge of digital preservation and electronic records; this course builds on others, including Basic Electronic RecordsThinking Digital, and Standards for Digital Archives.

DAS Core Competency: 
1. Explain the nature of digital records and their lifecycle.
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
7. Design a defined set of services for designated community.
Testimonials: 
"While I thought the course content and in class discussions were great, I particularly appreciate the bibliography of resources broken down by building block so I can easily focus my attention on materials relevant to the areas where my organization needs work."
"[It] was very encouraging, with clear instruction on the steps necessary for developing a digital curation program for the Archives. I especially appreciated the direction to the tools that are already out there and available for re-use, and suggestions for practical starting points and realistic goal setting." — Jolene Beiser
"I found that breaking down digital curation into the parts and explaining what all goes into it was extremely helpful. Also giving us links to examples of programs and what we can look to as a guide also helped as a visual learner."
"Because I had a decent amount of background knowledge on digital curation to begin with, I appreciated the opportunity to review/reinforce what I knew. There were also a couple of specific resources mentioned that I was not familiar with, so it was helpful to hear about those."
"I got a great deal out of the advance materials. The presentation was focused, relaxed, and creative. It gave us the opportunity to connect with friends and other archivists." — Mary Grady
"As a beginner, I appreciated the overview of the concepts with real-life illustrations, vignettes to flush them out."
"This was even better/more helpful than I expected. Very solid introduction, with practical tools to move forward." — Daardi Sizemore
"I appreciated the general overview of digital curation concepts and how to think differently about engaging people in your institution."
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • Lectern
  • Large table at the front of the room for instructor to lay out materials
  • Flip chart with markers or a whiteboard with erasable markers and an eraser
  • Instructor workstation (a PC or laptop that has a USB port, runs standard MS Office software, and has PowerPoint)
  • LCD projector and replacement bulb for the LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break