Thursday, May 24, 2012

Call for applications: DPOE Train-the-Trainer workshop, Midwest Region



The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Indiana State Archives and Indiana State Library, is pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in the DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Midwest Region. The workshop is made possible by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The DPOE Train-the-Trainer workshop, Midwest region will take place August 21 - 24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There is no charge to participate in the workshop for selected applicants. Travel and lodging during the workshop will be provided free of charge.

The workshop will prepare attendees to deliver digital preservation training, based on the DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum, to working professionals in their communities. All attendees who successfully complete the workshop are recognized as DPOE Trainers and join the DPOE National Trainer Network.

As this is a regional workshop, DPOE welcomes applications from the states listed below. A total of 24 applicants will be selected to participate in the workshop.

* Illinois
* Indiana
* Iowa
* Kansas
* Kentucky
* Michigan
* Minnesota
* Missouri
* Nebraska
* North Dakota
* Ohio
* South Dakota
* Wisconsin

The DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum consists of 6 topics:

Identify: What digital content do you have?
Select: Which portion of that content is your responsibility to preserve?
Store: How should digital content be stored for the long term?
Protect: What steps need to be taken to protect your digital content?
Provide:  How should digital content be made available?
Manage: What provisions should be made for long-term management?

Workshop objectives:

* Train participants in the Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum.
* Explore essential issues for developing and presenting well-formed workshops.
* Apply workshop management principles to planning DPOE workshops.
* Provide a brief practice session for each trainer, including thoughtful feedback.

After the workshop:

DPOE Trainers receive a package of readymade presentations, trainer notes, a list of resources for each topic, and a comprehensive guide for how to deliver a training event.

All DPOE Trainers agree to teach at least one topic of the DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum within 6 months of completing training. DPOE will support DPOE Trainers with logistical support, promotion of events, and providing lines of communication are to allow trainers to share lessons learned and collaborate on training event delivery.

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted from Monday, May 21 through Friday, June 8, 2012.

Complete packages consist of a resume, a cover letter, and a nomination letter provided by the applicant's supervisor.

Your cover letter should be no more than 300 words and address these two questions:

* What experience do you have with digital collections?
* What is your experience with training and presenting?

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program at Please use "Train-the-Trainer Application" as your email subject. In your cover letter, please include the name of the person who is nominating you. Nominators should also send letters to

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 8, 2012.

Acceptance letters will be sent out to selected participants by Friday, June 29, 2012. If you are accepted we will need a response from you by close of business on Friday, July 6, 2012. Confirmation of acceptance will require a Library of Congress agreement signed by the workshop attendee and superv isor committing the attendee to deliver at least one training event within 6 months of completing training.

Any inquiries can be addressed to

We thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to spread digital preservation education!

More information on the Call for Applications can be found at and more information on the DPOE program can be found at

For more information about the Institute of Museum and Library Services, please visit

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