Memory: building capacity in the digital environment

Sarah Slade, State Library of Victoria

Concurrent session 17
Wednesday 31 August 2016, 4:00pm - 4:25pm


Local history collections tell the ‘story’ of their communities.  Its history helps to define and knit a community together, and is as important as ever in an increasingly digital age.

Memory is a State Library Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network initiative to build the capacity of Victorian public libraries to collect, manage and share local history collections in the digital environment. The aim is to grow the ability of public libraries to meet demand from local history groups, family history communities and the general public for online access to local history collections and content.

As an important first step in meeting this aim, Memory focussed on increasing awareness in digital preservation, equipping Victorian libraries with the skills needed to identify, select, store, protect, manage and provide digital content.

In collaboration with the National and State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA) and State Library Victoria, the Memory Workgroup brought the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) train-the-trainer course to Australia. The program was run twice, once in Sydney at SLNSW for representatives from each of the ten NSLA Libraries and once in Victoria at SLV for the Memory project with twenty Victorian public library staff participating in the four-day program.

Memory chose the DPOE program because it presents a framework for digital preservation that can be used by all staff regardless of their current knowledge or expertise and because of the train-the-trainer delivery model.

The DPOE training was of particular interest as it would be rolled out across Australasia by NSLA and enable all Victorian public library staff to be trained in a new standard approach for digital preservation.

Following the four-day train-the-trainer program, Memory brought the cohort of twenty staff back together a number of times to develop the final training, which they delivered to public library staff throughout Victoria from October 2015 to May 2016.

The presentation details the benefits and pitfalls of this approach, and how it provides a good model for building the capacity of public library staff for other States and Territories to consider.

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