Creating and Caring for Digital Collections (New Format!)

From $100 usd
Wed Feb 1, 10:00 AM - Thu Feb 16, 12:00 PM, 2023 (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 resources and strategies for 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 for a digital collections project
  • how to create a plan for a successful project
  • how to build a diverse team of stakeholders in your organization and beyond
  • types of internal policies that can support digital collections work
  • how to describe digital collections to make them easier for the public to find and access
  • how to keep digital collections secure, accessible, and usable for the long-term future
  • different grant opportunities available for digitization and preservation
  • why creating and caring digital collections is a valuable service to the many publics we serve

Attendees planning on submitting applications for the Library of Michigan LSTA Improving Access to Information Grants, Indiana State Library LSTA Indiana Memory Digitization Grants, and other digitization funding opportunities will find this class particularly useful.

NEW THIS YEAR! – participants will have the opportunity to put strategies and tools from each week of the workshop into practice during a “hands-on skills” day following presentations. For this reason, we encourage (but don’t require) participants to have identified a collection or object they would like digitized in the future. To help select an object or collection, we recommend participants review “The Five As: A Digitization Decision Guide,” created by Biz Gallo, Statewide Digitization initiatives Coordinator at the Library of Michigan.


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

Note: To fully participate in the workshop, you will need to be able to access the webinar presentation via the Zoom link provided in the login and preparation email. Also, you will need access to the class materials via the Google Drive link provided in the login and preparation email. Finally, please plan to open and monitor chat within the Zoom meeting. Being able to view the presentation, view and possibly print the class materials, and participate in chat will lead to the most positive workshop experience. For Groups: The Zoom presentation and chat should be visible to all group attendees. The class materials link should be shared with group attendees ahead of time so everyone can access the class materials.

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

  • Gwen Haviland
  • 800-530-9019 ext 404
Virtual Workshop via Zoom