Frequently Asked Questions, Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program Application (2018-2019)

Q: How many on-campus training sessions are there?
A: Four total in-person sessions, which are one week each.

Q: What are the (anticipated) dates of the on-campus meetings?
A: The approximate year will be July 2019 to July 2020. Our first in-person session is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 12th. The following in-person sessions will be spaced as evenly as we can schedule, avoiding winter holidays and other dates. There are four week-long trainings spread over the year.

Q: What are the start and end dates of the program?
A: The approximate year will be July 2019 to June 2020.

Q: Can tribal organizations outside the US apply?
A: Unfortunately we cannot offer the 2019-2020 training to Indigenous communities outside the U.S. This is because our Institute of Museum and Library Services funding specifies U.S. tribes, nations, and communities.

Q: Can the on-campus portions be attended online (skype?) or must they be attended in person?
A: In person sessions are mandatory. There are four sessions over one year.

Q: On average, how much time is needed for each monthly virtual instruction?
A: The virtual instruction session group webinars last for two hours, one time each month during which we do not have an in-person session.

Q: Can representatives from non-native organizations attend the workshops?
A: No, the funding for this program is dedicated to support tribal archives, libraries and museums.

Q: Do I need to include two people on the application?
A: Yes

Q: If the person is applying on behalf of their organization, can they be a participant as well?
A: Yes, there must be TWO total participants from each institution.

Q: What is the time commitment outside of the in-person sessions?
A: There are monthly virtual training session webinars which all participants must join. These last for two hours, one time each month during which there are not in-person sessions. Another consideration in terms of time commitment is work to be done at your home institution to prepare for in-person sessions. Examples include: policy drafts, collection inventories, practicing a skill, having a meeting with other staff or departments to share information. We recommend at least 5 hours per week to dedicate to this work. Though, our participants over the years have handled this differently like blocking off a larger chunk of time less frequently.

Q: What are the travel commitments for this program?
A: The two participants are expected to travel to Pullman, WA for three of the sessions, and Washington, DC for one session – over the program year. Our staff will handle travel arrangements and the costs for hotel, airfare and meals while on site are covered by WSU.

Q: Do you offer continuing education credits for this program?
A: No

Q: What costs does the program cover for each participant?
A: Flights, hotel, and per diem costs for each in-person visit are paid for by the program.  

Q: Can you point me at related program resources?
A: The CDSC runs several programs and projects that deal with the lifecycle of digital stewardship. Training materials are available as an online public curriculum called the Digital Stewardship Curriculum on the Sustainable Heritage Network. Additionally, resources on Mukurtu CMS can be found at mukurtu.org and support.mukurtu.org.

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