Digital Curation for Librarians and Archivists
6-Week Course starts March 01, 2021
Digital curation is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection, and archiving of digital assets. While there are a variety of resources out there, very few focus on the absolute, complete beginner. This course is aimed at the digital curation novice and is broken down into six sections for an easy grasp on the subject.
1. An introduction to the topic, focusing on defining digitization, digital preservation, digital curation, and their importance.
2. What to include in your digital collections, Creating a digital collection policy.
3. Learning about file formats and file-naming standards.
4. An introduction to metadata. Choosing the metadata standards that are best for your digital collection.
5. Digitization: equipment recommendations and workflows.
6. Creating a digital preservation policy, understanding long-term digital preservation needs.
By the end of this course participants should be able to:
- Understand the differences between digitization, digital preservation, and digital curation
- Create policies related to digital preservation and collection of digital objects.
- Recall the principles of creating good digital objects
- Understand how to record appropriate metadata
- Utilize workflows and checklists to guide throughout the digital life cycle
Carmen Cowick provides training, support, and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.
Carmen has written numerous scholarly articles on preservation-related topics and is the author of the books Digital Curation Projects Made Easy and Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 6 weeks.
Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing written assignments.
It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
1. View all video lectures .
2. Answer all quizzes .
3. Complete all assignments .
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks
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