Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and Training

Period of Performance

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2016

Funding Totals

$195,000.00 (approved)
$195,000.00 (awarded)

From Theory to Practice: Extending the Reach of Digital POWRR Preservation Workshops

FAIN: PE-50129-15

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL 60115-2828)
Drew VandeCreek (Project Director: May 2014 to April 2017)

The development and delivery of six workshops on digital preservation methods for 150 archivists, librarians, and other cultural heritage professionals, aimed particularly at those from small and medium-sized institutions.

This proposal seeks Endowment support for the presentation of a minimum of six one-day workshops (half in 2015 and half in 2016) across the United States, providing a minimum of 150 archivists and librarians with intensive, practical hands-on skills and advocacy tools that fill gaps often experienced by those trying to translate digital preservation and curation theory into actual practices. Although other digital preservation programs currently exist, the Library of Congress and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance note that they are insufficient to meet demand and are not always aimed at this particular audience. If Endowment support becomes available, the proposed program's staff members will use this existing curriculum, revising and improving it as necessary to reflect new developments in this rapidly-changing field. We seek in particular to bring this workshop to information professionals at smaller, less financially secure institutions.

Media Coverage

DPOE Interview with Danielle Spalenka of the Digital POWRR Project (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Susan Manus
Publication: The Signal: Digital Preservation
Date: 7/20/2015
Abstract: Interview with project director Danielle Spalenka, in which she describes the project and its work.

DPOE Interview: Jacob Nadal of ReCAP (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Susan Manus
Publication: The Signal: Digital Preservation
Date: 4/29/2015
Abstract: Interview with Jacob Nadal - mentions funded project: "Using DPOE as a guide has helped students get from theory to practice, and I know of a few who have used this to decide what to do next in their jobs. It’s really gratifying to see this turn to the grassroots, and I think that’s been the big, positive development in the field the last few years. I’m a big fan of the POWRR project, for example, and I think that DPOE, POWRR, NDSA, and the NDSR all share a useful focus on picking something that can be improved, and getting that work started. (POWRR is another resource my students use often to decide if there’s a genuine tool or technology to bring into play, or if a problem is just going to the “check back; maybe solve it next year” file.)

Phase Two of POWRR: Extending the Reach of Digital Preservation Workshops (Media Coverage)
Author(s): unknown
Publication: NDIIP Twitter Feed
Date: 1/28/2015
Abstract: Tweet linking to Northern Illinois University Libraries announcement of funding of "From Theory to Practice: Extending the Reach of the Digital POWRR Project" by NEH.

Associated Products

Digital POWRR Workshop Curriculum Slides (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: Digital POWRR Workshop Curriculum Slides
Author: Lynne Thomas
Author: Jaime Schumacher
Author: Drew VandeCreek
Author: Stacey Erdman
Abstract: 115 slides containing Digital POWRR project workshop curricular materials.
Year: 2016
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This is a web page making project workshop curricular slide materials available to all parties at no charge.
Audience: Graduate