Web Archiving: An Introduction to Basic Concepts and Tools

Date & Time Name Delivery Method Price (LYRASIS Member / Non-Member)  
6/17/2021 2:00 PM
- 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
Web Archiving: An Introduction to Basic Concepts and Tools
Live Online $75.00 / $100.00


This session will provide an overview of basic concepts and definitions in web archiving, and then will demonstrate some tools that can be used in web archiving. Instructors will cover the basics of what the WARC (Web ARChive) format is and how it can be created and viewed, as well as other important concepts and terms in web archiving. Instructors will also demonstrate tools and discuss how they can be incorporated into a larger web archiving strategy at cultural heritage institutions. Tools covered will include WebRecorder, the Wayback machine, and WARCreate. Most tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions, but the class will also include discussion of paid alternatives for archiving web content.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Define basic concepts and terms important to creating a web archiving strategy for a cultural heritage institution
Use appropriate tools to capture and start preserving web based content
Choose web archiving tools appropriate for their institution’s needs


Annie Peterson (she/her) is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She coordinates LYRASIS Learning and teaches classes on preservation, digitization, and other topics related to cultural heritage institutions. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. Previously, she was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at Yale University, where her primary focus was writing a disaster plan for the library’s high density storage facility. Her background in library and archives preservation provides a strong basis for assisting LYRASIS members with their preservation and digitization projects. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Hannah Rosen holds a bachelor’s Degree in social and cultural history and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in Archives, Preservation and Records Management. She comes to LYRASIS from The MediaPreserve, where she assisted clients with all aspects of their media digitization projects. She also created specialized preservation metadata using a variety of archival schemas.

Before that, Hannah worked and volunteered at a variety of archival institutions including the Carnegie Mellon Institutional Archives, the Sewickley Academy Institutional Archives, and the National Museum of American History Archives Center.

Archives, library or other cultural heritage professionals who are curious about the basic concepts of web archiving and introductory tools to get started.
Frequency: offered 1 time a year, Summer

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 1
Information on Archival Recertification Credits

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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You may register using one of two methods:

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