Training of Trainers (TOT)

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with the generous support of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), this project aims to produce a series of regional workshops which will address the problem of obsolescence in audiovisual collections. The purpose of the TOT toolkit website is to promote regional networks, develop a TOT curriculum, and facilitate skill sharing for community archiving workshops everywhere. Explore the curricula, documentation, and resources within and across different regions and start planning a CAW in your community!


Community Archiving Workshop – A Regional Training of Trainers: Midwest Region
The midwest region of the IMLS-funded Regional Training of Trainers project focuses its work on the audiovisual needs of Wisconsin-based museums, archives, libraries and cultural centers. For this purpose, the anchor site for the Midwest workshops is Recollection Wisconsin, a consortium administered by WiLS. Recollection Wisconsin works to bring together digital cultural heritage resources from Wisconsin cultural institutions on their website, which feeds into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

CAW mentor: Amy Sloper
CAW consultant: Jeff Martin
Anchor site: Recollection Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Contact: Emily Pfotenhauer, Community Liaison & Service Specialist, WiLS

Regional partners:
Milwaukee Public Museum
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Area Research Center
The History Museum at the Castle/Outagamie County Historical Society
University of Wisconsin-Madison University Archives

Midwest Workshop Schedule
July 24- 26, 2019: Training of Trainers Workshop, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Information School and University Archives

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 (TBD): Community Archiving Workshop, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 (TBD): Community Archiving Workshop, Outagamie Historical Society, Appleton

October 2019 (TBD): Community Archiving Workshop, UW-Eau Claire Special Collections, Eau Claire


Community Archiving Workshop – A Regional Training of Trainers: Southeast Region

This project support training and workshops for three organizations in the Southeastern United States.  Organizations are trained in the basics of audiovisual preservation and in holding their own Community Archiving Workshops. The Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC) is a project of Metro Nashville Archives and the Nashville Public Library and serves as the hub organization for this training.

The Southeastern United States has a rich history vital to the development of American culture and heritage. It is known for its diverse craft traditions, foodway traditions, its development of musical genres including folk, blues, country; its enormous role in the history of civil rights and as a center for Native American heritage. The region contains hundreds of museums and historical societies known to contain audiovisual collections, and countless other cultural documents are likely to live in community centers and personal collections. 

Readers may note that the training modules for the Training of Trainers (TOT) skip from Day 1 to Day 3. This is because Day 2 was the actual CAW workshop, in which the collection was inventoried.

CAW mentor: Kelli Hix

CAW consultant: Marie Lascu

Anchor site: The Audiovisual Heritage Center at Nashville Metro Archives, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN

Contact: Kelli Hix, Audiovisual Archivist for the Audiovisual Conservation Center

Regional partners:

The Fisk University Special Collections and Archives


Southeast Workshop Schedule:

March 28, 2019: Community Archiving Workshop, Nashville Metro Archives, Nashville

March 27, 28, 29 2019: Full Training of Trainers / CAW Workshop, Nashville Metro Archives, Nashville

May 2019: Community Archiving Workshop, Fisk University, Nashville

August 2019: Community Archiving Workshop, Appalshop, Whitesburg KY

West Coast

Community Archiving Workshop – A Regional Training of Trainers: California

The Community Archiving Workshop Training of Trainers (TOT) – California is the west region of the Regional Training of Trainers Project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This regional TOT will focus its work on the audiovisual needs of arts and cultural heritage organizations and accidental archives of California. The anchor site California Revealed is a California State Library initiative that provides free digitization, digital preservation and online access services for archival materials documenting state history. With State Library support, this project potentially could extend beyond the current sites to Southern California and support additional workshops there. California Revealed will serve as liaison to regional partners, building upon its partnership of over 200 libraries, archives, and historical societies across the state.

The full curriculum for the CA TOT (CA_TOT_CUR.pdf ) as well as all of the individual elements can be found in the Curricula area of the website. The CA TOT curriculum was also adapted for use in the Midwest TOT.

CAW mentor: Pamela Vadakan

CAW consultant: Mona Jimenez

Anchor site: California Revealed, California State Library, Sacramento, CA

Contact: Pamela Vadakan, Director, California Revealed

Regional partners:

Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library

African American Museum and Library Oakland (AAMLO)

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and Museum

Karuk Tribal Libraries

Northern California Workshop Schedule:

Spring 2020: Community Archiving Workshop, AAMLO, Oakland

April 5, 2019: Webinar #1: Welcome and the CAW Concept

April 12, 2019: Webinar #2: The CAW Collaboration

April 22-24, 2019: On-site TOT Sessions & Community Archiving Workshop, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento

September 2019: Community Archiving Workshop, Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and Museum, Bishop

Spring 2020: Community Archiving Workshop, Karuk Tribal Libraries, Happy Camp

TOT Documentation, Resources & Curricula