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
- Digital Project Planning and Management Basics provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement and assess a digital project.
- Digital Library Systems and Applications provides information about evaluating, adapting, and developing systems and applications for born-digital and digitized material.
- Metadata Standards and Crosswalks provides information about evaluating, adapting, and providing metadata for both born-digital and digitized materials.
- Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design prepares digital project staff to use existing controlled vocabularies or to develop their own lists of specialized terms for specific applications in digital projects.
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
The Mexican Revolution on the Border: Primary Sources from El Paso
Participants: University of Texas at El Paso Special Collections Library, El Paso Public Library, El Paso Historical Society
Tejas y Coahuila y Los Estados Unidos de America y Los Estados Unidos de México 1846
Participants: University of Texas at Brownsville Special Collections Library, Palo Alto National Historic Battlefield Site, Port Isabel private collectors
Are We There Yet? Travel and Transportation in Central Texas
Participants: Taylor Public Library, Williamson Museum, Texas Department of Transportation Travel Information Division Photo Library
Higher Education in the Texas Panhandle
Participants: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University Cornette Library, Amarillo Public Library
A History of Houston’s Waterways Digital Archive Project
Participants: Rice University, Houston Public Library Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Yacht Club
The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum’s Hellcat News & the Abilene Public Library’s Camp Barkeley Scrapbook
Participants: Abilene Library Consortium, 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
The Artistic Heritage of West Texas: Literature of the Southwest and the West Texas Photo Gallery
Participants: Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, San Angelo State University Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark
Earth, Wind & Fire: Texas Energy Resources
Participants: Texas Historical Commission Confederate Reunion Grounds SHS, Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library, and Hall of Fame
William Sydney Porter and Austin: From Surprising Beginnings to the O. Henry Ending
Participants: Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Division, Austin Public Library's Austin History Center, Texas Capital Visitor Center (Texas Preservation Board)
Texas Artists: Painting, Sculpture and Works on Paper
Participants: Southern Methodist University Central University Libraries, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library Dallas History & Archives Division & Fine Arts Division