Free Online Professional Development in Digital Local History

Shared through the DPLA on behalf of the Creating Local Linkages project team.

Creating Local Linkages is a free online professional development resource for public librarians developed by historians at the George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media. The program introduces them to historical research methods and digital history skills that they can share with their patrons.

The Course

  • Five modules that include readings, activities, step-by-step tutorials, and an assignment.
  • Topics include local history; framing questions about the past; building digital history exhibits; and creating contexts for historical sources.
  • Participating librarians gain skills to create new and enhance existing community programs, develop digital local history exhibits using library collections, and help patrons conducting genealogical research.

The Creating Local Linkages curriculum will be taught as an eight week online course that librarians can complete at their own pace.  Participants will receive feedback from staff at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media, and have access to a private web forum where they can share ideas with fellow librarians from around the country. All participants who finish within the eight weeks will receive a certificate of completion.

Sign up

The first session of the Creating Local Linkages course will begin in February 2019 and is full, but additional courses will be offered in July and October 2019 and March 2020. Sign up for alerts when registration opens for those courses.

Follow Creating Local Linkages on Twitter @LocalLinkages for news and updates, including workshops in 2019 and 2020.This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.