Training of Trainers Curriculum (TOTCUR)

The overall goal of the Community Archiving Workshop (CAW) Training of Trainers (TOT) is to increase the skills and knowledge of participants so that they may plan and carry out CAWs with confidence. CAWs are designed to jump-start preservation efforts for moving image and sound collections, whether found as film, videotape, audiotape or on various digital media carriers. All audiovisual collections are critically endangered and when we labor together in a CAW to collect data about the works, we give the collection caretakers information necessary for preservation planning. The more people organize CAWs, the more likely a diversity of historic collections will be saved and accessible.

This curriculum was created by Mona Jimenez and Marie Lascu in 2022. It is designed on a chronological model from the earliest stages of planning – such as the recruitment of partners and partner negotiations – through to the CAW and post-CAW follow-up. It is adapted in large part on a TOT designed and delivered for staff from the Robert F. Smith Center of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) held in 2021. The authors also owe a huge debt to curricula and website resources created by the CAW Committee, in particular the CAW Handbook, core resources like AV Basics, and materials generated from TOTs carried out in California, the Southeast, and the Midwest. A number of sessions were drawn directly from the California TOT curriculum.

The curriculum is one of many educational materials available in the CAW Toolkit; these resources have been made possible with support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), and the generosity and dedication of the CAW Committee, numerous CAW partners, and countless volunteers.

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All Curriculum Files

CAW_TOT_CUR_2022-04-01 (PDF)

CAW_TOT_CUR_2022-04-01 (EPUB)

TOT Curriculum documents are divided into categories.  See descriptions and links below.

Curriculum Packages: These packages are PDFs of an entire TOT curriculum.

Table of Contents: These tables of contents allow for browsing of the curriculum of various CAW and TOT educational programs

Training Agendas: Agendas that have been developed and used for a Training of Trainers workshop. Combination of several modules.

Trainer Notes: Trainer’s notes to guide trainers through module goals and activities.

Participant Instructions: These are instructions, homework and other documents specifically oriented to participants in a training.

Presentation Slideshows: These are presentations in slide form (such as Google Slides or Powerpoint files)

Speaker Notes: Presentation notes for speakers.

Presentation Videos: These are videos of one or more trainers delivering a training presentation.

Data Templates: These are CAW data templates have been created/used during a specific training.

Cheatsheets: These are documents that summarize CAW tasks and have been used along a data template created/used for a specific training.

Handouts: These are sample forms and documents helpful to CAW organization that have been created/used for a specific training.

Curriculum Packages

Training Agendas

Trainer Notes

Participant Instructions

Presentation Slideshows

Speaker Notes

Presentation Videos

Data Templates

Data Templates



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