Digital Collections Training


The Content Creation & Dissemination Program offers training in digital collections description and metadata remediation in support of participation in its Digital Collections Service.

The program’s training series offers an interactive overview of implementing the Alliance’s Dublin Core Best Practices and preparing your digital collections for aggregation in the Digital Public Library of America, the Alliance’s Shared ILS, or both. The training is a combination of documentation, tools, recorded webinars to watch anytime, and live one-hour web-based workshops. Participants will have both preparatory and homework assignments to complete before and after each workshop.

Workshop Descriptions

Supporting Materials

Digital Collections Documentation

Instructions for Participants

Webinar attendance requires a wired Internet connection and either a computer with speakers and microphone on a headset or a telephone headset. Attendees must be able to engage in two-way communication with the instructor and other participants; the training is not a broadcast. Each attendee should participate from their own computer, as having multiple people on a computer or phone creates unbearable sound problems for the other participants.

The webinars are hosted by GoToWebinar, a service to which the Alliance subscribes. The first time you join a webinar, the service will install a small piece of software on your computer, so plan to join about ten minutes early to finish this process well ahead of time.

Participants are asked to abide by the following ground rules:

  • Participate actively. You’ll get more out of the session, and so will all of your colleagues.
  • If you haven’t attended an event hosted by GoToWebinar before, you may want to review their basic guide to webinar attendance. It will help you be familiar with the various functions.
  • We will mute your phone during the presentations and open the lines during the QA sessions. You can submit questions via chat (use the CHAT feature, not the QUESTION feature) any time. The instructors will be ready to receive your questions.
  • If you are experiencing technical problems or want to raise a concern about the webinar, please use the chat feature to contact the instructor(s).
  • To stimulate discussion, we may call on people at random.
  • Please complete the preparatory and homework assignments. They are not time consuming and will help you and your colleagues who are attending with you get more out of this experience.
  • Please focus on the webinar; don’t check email or do other work during the webinar.

Development and revision of digital collections training supported in part with grants awarded by the Oregon Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program of the Oregon State Library in 2016 and 2017.