Creating and Caring for Digital Collections

From $100 usd
Tue Feb 15, 10:00 AM - Thu Feb 17, 12:00 PM (EST)
Virtual Workshop via Zoom  

Workshop Pricing:

Single Registration Pricing

  • Member: $ 100.00
  • Non-Member: $ 200.00

Group Registration Pricing

  • Member: $ 250.00
  • Non-Member: $ 500.00

Class Description:

Libraries have long collected and preserved unique local history collections that tell stories about the places we live and work. But how do we start to bring these valuable collections into the 21st century? This course will provide an overview of basic considerations for starting a digital collections project, with a special focus on small or under-resourced institutions. Topics include project preparation and readiness, defining scope, assessment and selection, basic digitization, metadata standards and requirements, rights statements, providing access, digital preservation, and using digital collections in organizational advocacy. 

Participants will emerge with a clear sense of:

  • the knowledge and skills required to begin a digital collections project
  • how to create a plan for a successful project
  • how to build a team of stakeholders in your organization and beyond
  • types of internal policies can support digital collections work
  • different grant opportunities available for digitization and preservation
  • why creating and caring digital collections is a valuable service to the publics we serve

Attendees planning on submitting applications for the Library of Michigan LSTA Improving Access to Information grants and other collections digitization funding opportunities will find this class particularly useful.


  • 6 Library Education Units (LEUs) for Indiana library staff
  • 6 Contact hours for all other library staff

Registration Information:

  • You will receive a general email confirmation immediately upon successfully registering
  • The login and preparation email for the workshop will be sent prior to the training date
  • If you have not received your login and preparation email by noon of the day prior to the workshop, please email to request it

MCLS Code of Conduct for meeting and event participants: MCLS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment at all meetings and events, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of meeting participants in any form. Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the meeting at the discretion of MCLS. Our complete code of conduct and pricing information can be found here.

Amy Bocko

Dr. Chelsea Denault

Lisa Lorenzo

Marianne Swierenga

Nicole Smeltekop

Virtual Workshop via Zoom