Professional development program

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Status Ready for review
Compliance Rating Fully compliant

The repository shall have in place an active professional development program that provides staff with skills and expertise development opportunities.

Supporting Text

This is necessary to ensure that staff skill sets evolve as the repository technology and preservation procedures change.

Examples for Meeting the Requirement

Professional development plans and reports; training requirements and training budgets, documentation of training expenditures (amount per staff); performance goals and documentation of staff assignments and achievements, copies of certificates awarded.


Technology and general practices for digital preservation will continue to change, as will the requirements of its Designated Community, so the repository must ensure that its staff’s skill sets evolve. Ideally the repository will meet this requirement through a lifelong learning approach to developing and retaining staff.

Evidence Provided

The 2015 Cooperative Agreement for the Academic Preservation Trust states that "APTrust will be operated and managed by the University of Virginia (U.Va.), with ongoing guidance from the APTrust Board and from APTrust sustaining members." Under the umbrella of this provision, APTrust staff are employees of U.Va. and receive the same support for professional development as other employees the University Library at U.Va. In addition to the professional development benefits for all U.Va staff, University Library staff receive an additional $1000/year for professional development to evolve skill sets as needed.

University Library staff undergo a performance management review throughout each year, with goals and two mandatory meetings throughout the year to review job performance. Professional development needs should be discussed throughout the year as well as during the two job performance meetings. More about UVA's performance management system can be found here.