Digital Collections Stewardship Course Series

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Creating and sharing digital collections is an important way that libraries can share and preserve unique local history, culture, stories, and artifacts. Digital collections offer an opportunity to represent a diversity of experiences and voices in your community that may be missing from your physical collection.

Planning, creating, managing, and preserving digital collections, however, can be resource-intensive work that requires technology, new skills, and an ongoing commitment to maintain them. Understanding the full lifecycle of digital stewardship is critical to successful digital collections.

This course series, designed specifically with the needs of small cultural institutions in mind, will guide you through the lifecycle of digital stewardship. This lifecycle describes the entire ongoing range of tasks and activities necessary to successfully share digital collections. If you are new to digital collections, we encourage you to take these courses sequentially; if not, feel free to choose the courses that fit your needs.

See also, the event page for our April 26, 2022 webinar about the courses with an extensive list of resources, some not available in the courses.

Supported by OCLC, IMLS and CDSC

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
Length: 1 hour

Overview
Defines digital collections and introduces the digital stewardship lifecycle, a model that describes all the tasks and activities related to creating, organizing, managing, preserving, and sharing digital collections. This course also begins an exploration of how you might shape your own digital stewardship work to meet your community needs and institutional goals.

Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify examples of digital collections 
  • Describe what digital collections are, what they can include and the purposes they can serve
  • Understand the range of physical objects that you can digitize, and the born digital objects that you might incorporate into a digital collection 
  • Describe digital stewardship, and each stage of the digital stewardship lifecycle 
  • Be able to begin to adapt the digital stewardship lifecycle to fit your institution and community

dcs01

Course Provider: WebJunction
Date added: 2022-04
Learning item type: on-demand

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Curation and Scholarship
Length: 1.5 hours

Overview
Describes the importance of preparing for digital collections stewardship, and the key steps to preparation. Leads you through defining digital stewardship goals for your institution and community and helps you to identify and/or create the library policies and other documentation you’ll need to guide the work. This course will then take you through initial planning questions as you define a digital collection project and how you will accomplish it.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe key steps needed to prepare for digital stewardship
  • Document your institutional and community goals for digital stewardship and document them with a Digital Stewardship Purpose Statement
  • Identify key policies, forms, and documentation that support digital stewardship, and when to use them
  • Identify any initial resourcing, staffing, and stakeholder needs for digital stewardship work

dcs02

Course Provider: WebJunction

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation 
Length: 2 hours

Overview
Describes the considerations when determining guidelines for the items that will be included in your digital collections, the appraisal and accessioning process, and sourcing items for your collections from partner organizations and community members.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Determine the types of items to include in their institution's digital collections
  • Select suitable methods to gather digital collections
  • Document your digital collection guidelines and procedures
  • Identify any collaboration or partnership opportunities for gathering collections and items
  • Incorporate cultural and community needs in collection curation decisions

dcs03

Course Provider: WebJunction
Date added: 2022-08
Learning item type: on-demand

IN DEVELOPMENT - COMING SOON!


Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholorship and Curation
Length: 2 hours

Overview
Describes how to assess options for, and get started with, digitization project planning. Learn about available strategies, digitization workflows, and basic technical aspects of digitizing images, audio, video, and documents.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, you will be able to:
  • Begin drafting a digitization policy
  • Identify any digitization technology or resources needed
  • Plan for digitization and document relevant processes and workflows
  • Identify any additional skills and education needed to digitize their content

dcs04

Course Provider: WebJunction
Date added: 2022-04
Learning item type: on-demand

IN DEVELOPMENT - COMING LATER IN 2022


Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
Length: 2 hours

Overview
Organize and describe your digital collections to aid discovery and enhance their meaning, including how to name and add culturally inclusive metadata and description to each item.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, you will be able to:
  • Describe best practices for arranging and processing items in digital collections
  • Select appropriate metadata and naming conventions for digital materials
  • Incorporate cultural and community considerations while organizing and describing collections
  • Understand specific organizational needs for digital collections

dcs05

Course Provider: WebJunction

IN DEVELOPMENT - COMING LATER IN 2022


Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
Length: 2 hours

Overview
Understand standard criteria and solutions to store digital resources securely and sustainably for long-term access and preservation. Create a digital preservation plan for your library.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Describe storage options for digital collections
  • Prepare for collaboration with internal or external partners
  • Describe the foundations of digital preservation through the lens of the digital preservation pyramid
  • Write a draft digital preservation plan
  • Identify appropriate equipment, tools, or software needed to implement a digital preservation plan
  • dcs06

Course Provider: WebJunction

IN DEVELOPMENT - COMING LATER IN 2022


Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: WebJunction, in collaboration with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
Length: 2 hours

Overview
Explore different ways you might share digital collections with your community and beyond. Learn about key considerations around access and use, copyright, and intellectual property for your collections. Compare digital platforms that can be used to share your collections online, including Mukurtu, CONTENTdm, and Omeka, as well as social media and other commercial options such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr. Identify the factors that are important for your sharing platform and begin the platform decision-making process.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, you will be able to:
  • Explore different approaches for sharing digital collections
  • Determine and document any access and use considerations for your collections
  • Identify intellectual property needs and considerations for your collections
  • Identify a platform that meets your institutional and community needs
  • Find external training resources to begin to learn how to use your platform

dcs07

Course Provider: WebJunction