New Self-Guided Curriculum for Digitization

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Through the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), DPLA has been working with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content.

During the project, DPLA collaborated with trainers at Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Montana Memory Project, and Mountain West Digital Library to write and iterate a workshop curriculum based on documented best practices. Through the project workshops, we used this curriculum to introduce 150 public librarians to the digitization process.

Now at the end of the project, we’ve made this curriculum available in a self-guided version intended for digitization beginners from a variety of cultural heritage institutions. Each module includes a video presentation, slides with notes in Powerpoint, and slides in PDF. Please feel free to share, reuse, and adapt these materials.  Topics (with separate URLs for each) include:
Planning for Digitization
Selecting Content for a Digitization Project
Understanding Copyright
Using Metadata to Describe Digital Content
Digital Reformatting and File Management
Promoting Use of Your Digital Content

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Franky Abbott
Jennifer Birnel
Anna Fahey-Flynn
Greer Martin
Sheila A. McAlister
Sandra McIntyre
Anna Neatrour
Carla Urban
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Digital Public Library of America
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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International - CC BY-NC 4.0
Access Cost: 
No fee
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Copyright of data
Data archiving
Data curation
Digitization of data
Programmatic digital preservation
Published / Broadcast: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Digital Public Library of America
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Contributor Organization(s): 
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Funding and sponsorship
Digital Commonwealth
Digital Library of Georgia
Minnesota Digital Library
Montana Memory Project
Mountain West Digital Library
Contact Person(s): 
Franky Abbott
Contact Organization(s): 
Digital Public Library of America
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Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
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Educator Curriculum Guide - document that defines what concepts should be taught and/or how a concept should be taught effectively.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Repository manager
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)