Making the Business Case for a Digital Preservation Program

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Does your institution have unique digital objects, but lack a long-term program for digital preservation? Data stored outside of a preservation-specific environment is often unmonitored, misplaced, or poorly tracked, all of which leaves it at a high risk of loss. A well-timed and carefully written business case can help you advocate for the funding needed to implement sustainable digital preservation at your institution.

This class will cover the steps to creating a persuasive business case for a digital preservation program. We will discuss creating a business case to persuade colleagues, administrators, a board, or others that digital preservation is important and should be prioritized over other competing priorities. Worksheets will be provided to help attendees take what they have learned and develop a business case for expanding digital preservation at their organization.

This class will not cover digital preservation technologies or program components. A basic understanding of digital preservation concepts and terms is necessary for full participation in this class.

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand the value of a business case when pursuing new or expanded digital preservation activities.
Identify the steps required to prepare a business case.
Implement strategies to refine and deliver a high impact business case for digital preservation.


Heather Greer Klein is an Outreach & Engagement Coordinator for Digital Technology Services at LYRASIS. She collaborates with libraries, archives, museums, and nonprofit institutions of all sizes to identify identify the right open source, hosted preservation and access solutions for their needs. Heather was previously in this role at DuraSpace, and spent six years as a Member Services Coordinator for the NC LIVE consortium. Heather received her MLIS from Simmons College.

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public Library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Academic library: 2 year; Government Library; Archives; Historical Society / Site; Special Collections
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