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Phase 4: POWRR Peer Assessment Program (2021-2024)

As a result of generous grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the “Digital POWRR Peer Assessment Program: Empowering Collective Evaluation and Action” project will enable POWRR to develop an innovative training program and community of practice that will bring together digital preservation specialists and cultural heritage practitioners from under-resourced organizations to collaborate in the preparation of digital preservation self and peer assessments. This project aims to provide practicing librarians and archivists who are struggling to provide ongoing care for their digital collections with a structured opportunity to learn about digital preservation concepts, as well as the chance to learn about assessment procedures and put them into action in a supportive environment.

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Phase 3: POWRR Professional Development Institutes for Digital Preservation (2017-2019)

The Digital POWRR Project (Preserving Digital Objects with Restricted Resources) is pleased to announce the continuation of the POWRR educational opportunities for the next two years. This project has been made possible in part thanks to the FY2017 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With this award, POWRR will be able to hold a minimum of five, two-day institutes enabling librarians and archivists from small and mid-sized institutions to build skills for curating and preserving digital collections, as well as facilitating connections between small institutions and local experts.

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Meet the Team

Phase 2: Digital POWRR Workshops (2015-2016)

The Digital POWRR (Preserving digital Objects with Restricted Resources) Project has moved into a new phase that extends the reach of the POWRR Preservation Workshops. Thanks to the funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, the POWRR project will conduct a minimum of six workshops across the country over the course of 2015-2016 to continue providing practical, hands-on solutions for information professionals from small and under-funded institutions looking to begin digital preservation practices. Project staff will continue to revise and fine-tune curriculum in response to participant feedback and new developments in this rapidly-changing field. Previous team members will continue to serve as the staff and instructors for the workshops. The POWRR Project will also have a limited number of travel bursaries available to under-represented institutions in need of assistance traveling to the workshops.

This phase of the POWRR Project has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

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Archive of Digital POWRR Institute Workshops (2014-2016)

Phase 1: IMLS Digital POWRR Project 2013-2015

While many larger institutions have made considerable headway on digital preservation, many medium and smaller sized institutions have struggled to make similar progress, largely due to a lack of economy of scale. This project will investigate, evaluate, and, at its close, recommend scalable, sustainable digital preservation solutions for libraries with smaller amounts of data and/or fewer resources. Working closely with nationally recognized standards-based vendors of digital preservation solutions, the project will also investigate potential business models that would provide equitable access to digital preservation to libraries of all sizes. The Northern Illinois University Libraries will carry out this research with a board of advisors and partner libraries at Chicago State University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Western Illinois University.

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