How Practicing Professionals can get Hands-on Experience

One of the frequent questions I am asked is about how to keep up to date and where to get hands-on experience with digital archives and digital curation. In June, I was invited to talk at the Lyrasis Town Hall on “How Practicing Professionals can get Hands-on Experience in Digital Curation.” My presentation was focused on models and suggestions for working professionals who cannot take time out from their current job to do an internship or residency.

Learning (while) on the job – Kari R. Smith, June 2014.
Lyrasis_001From the LYRASIS website:

“As the final event in LYRASIS’ NEH-funded Preservation Town Hall series, LYRASIS hosted a town hall meeting showcasing three different models for gaining hands-on experience in digital curation. Three speakers, George Coulbourne (The Library of Congress), Andrea Goethals (Harvard University) and Kari R Smith (Massachusetts Institute for Technology), presented on different education/training opportunities, followed by an open panel discussion with attendees to explore existing models, as well as existing needs.”  Read More…
Video Clip of Smith presentingThe Town Hall was held June 24th, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This Town Hall meeting was webcast live. Recordings are available on YouTube at: Lyrasis YouTube Channel

Featured Speakers for the Town Hall at Georgia Tech were George Coulbourne: “The National Digital Stewardship Residency Pilot Program – The Year in Review”
Andrea Goethals: “NDSR in Boston ”
Kari R Smith: “Learning [while] on the Job”

About Kari R. Smith

Kari is Digital Archivist at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Libraries. She is also a senior instructor of the Digital Preservation Management Workshops series.
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