DigCCurr Professional Institute travels to Copenhagen

June 21, 2012

Royal Library CopenhagenThe successful Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) Professional Institute, traveled to Copenhagen for a week-long engagement on June 4, 2012.

Taught by international digital curation experts and led by Drs. Helen Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor and Christopher (Cal) Lee, associate professor, of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the DigCCurr Institute aims to foster skills, enhance knowledge and build community among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials. 

“An increasing amount of the materials that the Royal Library collects are in digital form, and in order to curate these materials we are in the process of re-thinking all existing workflows and procedures,” said Birgit Nordsmark Henriksen, deputy director for the National Library Division at the Royal Library. “This does not only mean implementation of new technologies, it is also crucial that our staff has contemporary competences. Therefore, we looked at different educational courses and found that the Institute offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seemed to be the best opportunity, given that it is research based and has an interactive form. The course proved to be successful and I think that one of the most important things that it brought to the Library is a common language around digital curation.”

The DigCCurr Professional Institute in Copenhagen ran June 4-8, and it will be followed by a six-month follow-up engagement in early 2013. The 31 attendees, who were from the Royal Library of Denmark in Copenhagen and the State and University Library in Aarhus, experienced lectures, discussion, and hands-on "lab" exercises. The event also included a course pack and a private, online discussion space in the Digital Curation Exchange to supplement learning (used during and after the week). 

From 2009 to 2011, development and implementation of the Institute was supported through funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It has been held in Chapel Hill each year, with two sessions: one week in May and a two-day follow-on event in January, in which participants share experiences and strategies related to applying what they have learned at the Institute in their own work contexts. In May 2012, the Institute in Chapel Hill was completely self-funded.  

The team of instructors and doctoral fellows for the Institute in Copenhagen included:

• Carolyn Hank (Ph.D. ’11), assistant professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University

• Cal Lee, associate professor, SILS, UNC at Chapel Hill

• Nancy McGovern, Head of Curation and Preservation Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

• Angela Murillo, DigCCurr Doctoral Fellow, UNC at Chapel Hill

• Alex Poole, DigCCurr Doctoral Fellow, UNC at Chapel Hill

• Helen Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor, SILS, UNC at Chapel Hill

• Timur Uckun, DigCCurr Doctoral Fellow, UNC at Chapel Hill

For further information on the DigCCurr Professional Institute, please go to the Web site at:


Photos of the Royal Library (upper right) and Institute attendees (left) by Dr. Cal Lee.