Train to Share: Interoperability Training for Cultural Heritage Institutions

In 2008, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, working with the University of North Texas Libraries and Amigos Library Services, received an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant to develop Train to Share, a training program administered as part of Texas Heritage Online.

The three-year project addressed the need, identified nationally, but equally evident at the local level, to create quality sharable metadata, metadata produced within specific traditions of practice that can nonetheless be shared seamlessly across communities to provide a rich experience for digital library users. The primary result of the project has been development of statewide workshops adapted from the Library of Congress’s “Digital Library Environment” series.

Ten multi-institutional teams from across the state were chosen to participate in the project. These teams attended the training workshop series and then collaborated to develop digital projects that showcased their local collections. In the process, the projects forged new and sustainable partnerships vital to the ongoing development of digital projects across the state.


Offered by Amigos Library Services

Advisory Board Members

  • Dreanna Belden, University of North Texas (chair)
  • Gina Minks, Amigos Library Services
  • Julie Holcomb, Baylor University
  • Laura Casey, Texas Historical Commission
  • Nicky Ladkin, Museum of Texas Tech University
  • William Moen, University of North Texas


  • For information, contact Deborah Littrell, Director, Library Development and Networking Division
    Phone: (512) 463-5456

Train to Share Project Sites

Documents and Reports

Page last modified: March 29, 2012