Digital curation on a small Island: a study of professional education and training needs in Ireland

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Title: Digital curation on a small Island: a study of professional education and training needs in Ireland
Authors: Cushing, AmberShankar, Kalpana
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Date: 12-Feb-2018
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Abstract: In this paper, we use the case study method to understand digital curation knowledge, skills, needs and challenges in Ireland, in order to direct the development of postgraduate digital curation educational programmes. Data was collected in three intervals over a two-year period: a web questionnaire about digital curation knowledge and skills and interest in continuing professional development (CPD); nine interviews with individuals who engaged in digital curation work about workplace challenges and CPD education; and a final online questionnaire about preferences for digital curation CPD education. Findings suggest that Ireland-specific issues emerged: (a) because there is so little understanding about digital curation in Ireland, even among information professionals, individuals were not always sure when they were doing digital curation work and if they needed to learn more and; (b) individuals were often the only ones in their institutions with digital curation skills and found themselves struggling to educate supervisors and colleagues about the necessity of their work as well as the resources needed to conduct their work. Considering these findings, comprehensive postgraduate digital curation education in Ireland would need to include a focus on these issues.
Funding Details: Archives and Records Association
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Archives and Records
Volume: 40
Issue: 2
Start page: 146
End page: 163
Copyright (published version): 2018 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Professional developmentArchival educationContinuing professional developmentCase study
DOI: 10.1080/23257962.2018.1425135
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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