Call for Applications: DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Midwest Region

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Fellow at the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.

The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Indiana State Archives and Indiana State Library, is pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in the DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Midwest Region taking place August 21-24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The mission of the DPOE program is to foster national outreach and education about digital preservation by building a collaborative network of instructors and partners to provide training to individuals and organizations seeking to preserve their digital content. Since the first Train-the-Trainer Workshop, DPOE Trainers have held over 20 training events (with 12 more upcoming) in states across the nation. As a result, more than 900 working professionals from a variety of institutions have received training in the fundamentals of digital preservation.

Prof. B. Anisimov and students by an electronic quick calculating machine "URAL-2" at Moscow's Higher Techincal School named after Bauman. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection. LC-USZ62-73306

The upcoming Train-the-Trainer workshop will prepare attendees to deliver digital preservation training to working professionals in their communities. There is no cost to participate in the workshop for selected applicants and travel and lodging during the workshop will be provided free of charge. The workshop is made possible by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

As this is a regional workshop, DPOE welcomes applications from the states listed below. A total of 24 applicants will be selected to participate in the workshop.

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

The Train-the-Trainer workshop will train participants in the DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum, explore essential issues for developing and presenting well-formed workshops, and provide a practice session and feedback for each trainer. Participants will also receive a package of readymade presentations, trainer notes, a list of resources for each topic, and a comprehensive guide for how to deliver a training event. All attendees who successfully complete the workshop are recognized as DPOE Trainers and join the DPOE National Trainer Network.

Interior view of two crew members operating the data display system in the battle staff compartment. - Offutt Air Force Base. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection. HAER NE-9-B-18


Applications will be accepted from Monday, May 21 through Friday, June 8, 2012.

Complete applications consist of a resume, a cover letter, and a nomination letter provided by the applicant’s supervisor. Your cover letter should be no more than 300 words and should address these two questions:

  • What experience do you have with digital collections?
  • What is your experience with training and presenting?

Applicants should email these materials to the DPOE program at Please use “Train-the-Trainer Application” as your email subject. In your cover letter, please include the name of the person who is nominating you. Nominators can also send letters to

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 8, 2012.

Acceptance letters will be sent out to selected participants by Friday, June 29, 2012.

For more information, please see the Call for Applications webpage . Any inquiries can be addressed to

We look forward to adding a new group of DPOE Trainers to our existing network and working together to spread and support digital preservation education!

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