Barrett Jones at the LOC writes:
Hi Michael- Thank you so much for posting the announcement for our survey back in October. Thanks to you and other dedicated librarians who spread the word, we received over 800 responses to our survey. I wanted to share some highlights from the results:
Findings from a Library of Congress Survey on Digital Preservation Training
What do U.S. organizations see as their needs with respect to digital preservation training? How do they handle digital preservation functions now? A new Library of Congress survey provides some answers to these questions.
The survey was conducted in summer and fall 2010 by the Library’s Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) initiative, which seeks to foster outreach, education, and collaboration nationwide to encourage organizations to preserve their digital content. The survey received 868 responses. Of the respondents, 40% were libraries, 34% were archives, 16% were museums. This should have read “40% were libraries, 34% were archives, 16% were museums. The rest consisted of state and local governments, corporations, nonprofit organizations, parks, and churches.
Among the survey’s major findings:
Some general observations can be gleaned from the survey. Most organizations only work on digital preservation when it is needed; few devote a full-time staff member to such duties. Most are digitizing paper collections rather than preserving “born digital” data. Short sessions of practical training are most needed; training should be provided on-site because most respondents are small organizations with limited training budgets.
To read the executive summary of the survey and find out more about other DPOE activities, visit http://loc.gov/dpoe