Cultivating Digitization Competencies

A Case Study in Leveraging Grants as Learning Opportunities in Libraries and Archives

  • Gayle O'Hara Washington State University
  • Emily Lapworth
  • Cory Lampert


This article is a case study of how six digitization competencies were developed and disseminated via grant-funded digitization projects at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries Special Collections and Archives. The six competencies are project planning, grant writing, project management, metadata, digital capture, and digital asset management. The authors will introduce each competency, discuss why it is important, and describe how it was developed during the course of the grant project, as well as how it was taught in a workshop environment. The differences in competency development for three different stakeholder groups will be examined: early career grant staff gaining on-the-job experience; experienced digital collections librarians experimenting and innovating; and a statewide audience of cultural heritage professionals attending grant-sponsored workshops.


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How to Cite
O’Hara, G., Lapworth, E., & Lampert, C. (2020). Cultivating Digitization Competencies. Information Technology and Libraries, 39(4).