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July 5, 2022

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce an opportunity for up to 15 Ohio library staff members or cultural heritage professionals to form a cohort and complete coursework to earn a Digital Curation Certificate from Library Juice Academy.  Through a competitive application process, the State Library will select the participants and manage their enrollment in the six-course series. In this pilot program, the State Library of Ohio’s federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will be awarded to cover the cost of enrollment.

The Library Juice Academy award-winning Digital Curation Certificate is designed to build skills for work in digitization, digital preservation, metadata creation, and more, and is suitable for those interested in the work whether they have prior experience or not.

“The State Library of Ohio is committed to providing innovative, high-quality continuing education opportunities to Ohio library staff, and this pilot program, in partnership with Library Juice Academy, is yet one more way in which we can further that commitment,” expressed Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development. “In particular, in response to our recent digital collections survey, the State Library recognized a specific need for additional support revolving around digitization and digital preservation.”

The six required courses are asynchronous, virtual, and can be taken in any order from August 2022 through July 2023. No additional software or textbooks need to be purchased, but students will need access to a laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection and an updated web browser. Each four-week course involves approximately fifteen hours of work to complete. As this is a pilot program, we will be working closely with the cohort throughout the year to develop programming and materials supplementing Library Juice Academy’s course material.

Any library, archive, or museum worker in Ohio, full- or part-time, is eligible to apply for this program. No pre-requisites are required, but it is not open to current students in credit or certificate-granting programs. Applications are now available on the State Library website and are due July 18, 2022. Enrollment opens August 1, 2022.

For questions, please contact Library Consultant Jen Johnson.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov