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Institutions which are geographically close to each other should work together to share training. Rather than institutions sending individual members of staff to training courses elsewhere in the country, it is more cost effective to pay for a trainer to come to a region and offer training to staff from several institutions in that region. This also increases the number of staff that it is possible to send on training: if travel costs are cheap, then more employees can be sent on the training. Even better is when one institution can offer training itself to others in the region: if you are developing a particular area of expertise, consider running training for other institutions.

The LIFE-SHARE project arranged a series of training events for library staff from across the White Rose Consortium, following this model. We have brought external trainers to Yorkshire to do training on digital image creation and EAD cataloguing. Ned Potter, LIFE-SHARE Project Officer, has created training materials on audio/visual digitisation for the consortium. Another good idea is to organise exchange of experience events. These events bring together staff from different institutions who are working in similar areas to discuss common issues. We have organised exchanges focusing on copyright, repositories, course reading digitisation and digitising archive/special collections material. With an informal atmosphere, these events can be an excellent opportunity to learn from each other.