As we are trying to embed digitisation skills within the White Rose Libraries, training has been a key part of our project. Ned, Matthew and myself have all attended a range of courses including project management, introduction to digitisation, digitising analogue audio and video and others. Our institutions will have the benefit of these newly learned skills once we return to previous roles / start new ones.

A number of colleagues from the White Rose Libraries have also attended events and training such as the Decoding the Digital event organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Preservation Advisory Centre. These events have been both interesting and informative and also provide an opportunity to meet other White Rose colleagues. We have some more training courses lined up including a session on EAD and the Handling for Digitisation course at York on February 18th.

Photograph of books Whilst these external courses and events have been extremely useful, it is perhaps the digitisation training we organised ourselves that has been the most rewarding. Back in October we held 2 two-day courses on scanning, photography and editing images for White Rose Libraries staff. Dave Kilbey designed and delivered the courses especially for us and they were ideal. Some staff were really nervous about digitisation in general but the training really helped make it seem do-able for them. At the other end of the spectrum we had experienced digitisers and photographers who felt they had learned something new and useful. As most people attended both days of a two-day course they also had the opportunity to network with colleagues from the other White Rose Libraries who are working in similar areas.

We are planning to use this training as a springboard for widening the knowledge of digitisation across the Libraries. Next month we will hold some digitisation taster sessions run by staff who attended Dave’s training. These sessions will be open to all library staff who will be encouraged to bring in a couple of old family slides, diaries, photographs or similar items. LIFE-SHARE staff and those who’ve had training will then help them digitise these materials. These sessions will also coincide with the launch of new digitisation studios at York and Leeds so it’s exiting times for digitisation at White Rose.