Amigos Members Selected for Digital POWRR Cohort

Amigos Library Services joined as one of the partners in the Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources (Digital POWRR) project, as it entered Phase 4 of its work. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the "Digital POWRR Peer Assessment Program: Empowering Collective Evaluation and Action" grant is helping advance digital preservation practices among under-resourced organizations.

As a partner in Digital POWRR, Amigos solicited applications from member libraries to form a cohort. Selection is concluded and the participants in the Amigos cohort include:

  • Sylvia Sanchez, Digital Archivist, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Amy Moorman, Archivist, Avila University
  • Kristin Clark, Digital Curator, Texas Woman’s University
  • Tara Zachary Laver, Senior Archivist, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Rebecca Benson, Adjunct Instruction Librarian, St. Louis Community College
  • Casey Westerman, College Archivist and Librarian, Agnes Scott College

Stacey Erdman, grant principal and Digital Preservation & Curation Officer and Acting Digital Repository Manager at Arizona State University, said "Choosing participants was extremely difficult, as we received many impressive applications for these 18 spots. We want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to apply for this opportunity."

Phase 1 training for the cohort kicked off in late January with an official orientation event. The cohort will begin meeting regularly with their mentors, and start to get up to speed on basic digital preservation concepts before embarking on their self and peer assessment work.

Amigos Library Services congratulates the member libraries participating in this important grant!