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Digital Curation

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce 15 staff working in Ohio libraries and archives were selected to form a cohort and complete coursework to earn a Digital Curation Certificate from Library Juice Academy. Through a competitive application process, a State Library review committee  selected the following participants and will manage their enrollment in the six-course series:

  • Amber Bales, Miami University of Ohio
  • Heidi Beke-Harrigan, OhioNET
  • Hydy Cates, Columbus State Community College
  • Madilyn Clawson, Defiance College
  • Elizabeth Coots, Montgomery County Records Center and Archives
  • Chloe Dickson, Southwest Public Libraries
  • Katie Farr, The College of Wooster
  • Sidney Gao, University of Cincinnati Libraries
  • Lisa Garofali, Youngstown State University
  • Nathaniel Hieber, Sugar Grove Village Archivist
  • Megan Sheeran, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Lanecia Smith, Cleveland Public Library
  • Meredith Southard, Worthington Public Libraries
  • Erin Snider, Tuscarawas County Public Library
  • Sarah Strang,  Morley Library

In this pilot program, federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the State Library of Ohio will be utilized to cover the cost of enrollment.  This 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.

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Program Format

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 award-winning course material.

Eligibility

Any library, archive, or museum worker in Ohio, full or part-time, is eligible to apply for this program. No prerequisites are required, but it is not open to current students in credit or certificate-granting programs.

Applications were due July 18, 2022.  Enrollment opens August 1, 2022.

Questions? Contact Jen Johnson.

“The Library Juice Academy Certificate in Digital Curation is designed for those working in libraries, archives and museums interested in learning more about and expanding their skillset in curating and maintaining unique digital assets. This certificate covers the basic principles of digital curation, a growing field which encompasses the creation, management, and long-term stewardship of unique and valuable digital assets in libraries and other cultural heritage settings. Upon completion of the certificate program, the student will be prepared to undertake projects in digital curation, including collection development, rights and access, and digital preservation, with an understanding of professional ethics and responsible stewardship.” Library Juice Academy


Courses

Metadata and Description for Digital Special Collections

Methods and standards for metadata and description for unique digital collections are varied and present digital curators, catalogers and metadata librarians with a wide array of options, which can at times seem daunting. This course is designed to give the student an overview of current standards, schemas and applications of medatada models designed for the description and organization of digital collections, whether they be materials in an institutional repository or digital special collections. This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well. This course can be taken as one of eight courses needed to earn our Certificate in Cataloging and Technical Services, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Appraisal and Collection Development for Digital Special Collections

This course covers principles of appraisal and collection development for creating unique digital collections that form part of an institutional repository or digital special collections. Using archival theory and principles of digital curation, the student will gain the understanding necessary to select digital materials that are in line with institutional and community collecting guidelines and missions. This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Introduction to Digital Preservation

This course is designed to give the non-archivists, non-preservationist a basic overview of the field of digital preservation practice in libraries, archives and museums. On completion of this course, the student will have knowledge of the history of the field of digital preservation, best practices for establishing and maintaining digitization and digital preservation programs, ethics and social justice issues related to digital preservation practices, and an overview of international approaches to digital preservation work. This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Digital Repository Fundamentals and Design

Digital repositories allow libraries, archives and museums to disseminate and create access to unique digital collections related to institutional academic output or digital special collections. Digital repository options vary widely, from proprietary to open source; and platforms specialized for specific use cases, such as institutional academic production, audiovisual materials, cultural heritage collections, and community and tribal collections. This course is designed to give the student the fundamentals of selecting, designing and implementing the digital repository solution that is right for their particular institutional, academic or personal project. This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Fundamentals of Digital Curation in Libraries, Archives and Museums

This course is designed to give the student an overview of the fundamentals of digital curation theory and best practices in libraries, archives and museums. On completion of the course, the student will have a working knowledge of theory, best practices for establishing and maintaining digital curation programs and initiatives, and feedback on work on digital curation projects in the students’ own workplace or area of interest and study. This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Ethics and Sustainability for Digital Curation

It’s not just about digitizing or capturing unique born-digital material to preserve it and put it online for unfettered access in an institutional repository or digital special collections platform. The responsible information professional needs to approach their task within a framework that supports ethical curation of digital collections and also includes the necessary component of financial and preservation sustainability. This course will explore ethical frameworks in various disciplines, from radical librarianship, to archives, and to community-centered and human rights documentation initiatives, in order to lay a working framework for stewarding digital collections in a responsible manner, no matter the setting, institution or purpose. This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.