Field Guide to Digital Preservation

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Are you just starting to learn about digital preservation? Have you wondered how digital preservation is different from digitization? Do OAIS and PREMIS leave you a bit bewildered? Are you concerned about how you can maintain long-term access to your institution’s digital collections?

This session will introduce basic ideas and terminology to help you feel confident in your understanding of the core concepts in digital preservation. An overview of risks to the longevity of digital collections and ways to address these risks will help you identify risks and mitigation strategies for your institution’s digital collections.The instructor will point you towards trusted and appropriate resources for additional information for continued learning to deepen your knowledge of digital preservation.

This session will be helpful for people who are just starting to learn about digital preservation, and are seeking some guidance on important terms and concepts to understand, in order to move from awareness of concepts in general to how they can apply at your institution. It will help participants sift through all the possible risks to digital collections in order to prioritize next steps for digital preservation actions at their own institution.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

Understand the core concepts in digital preservation
Articulate risks to their digital collections
Identify solutions for addressing risks to digital collections
Prioritize next steps for digital preservation actions at their institution
Identify appropriate resources for further learning on digital preservation


Frances Harrell (she/her) is the Executive Director for Myriad, and is responsible for project coordination with all our clients. She is an independent archives professional with over ten years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations. She has spent the larger part of her career helping libraries, archives, and museums achieve their preservation goals through consulting and training in paper, photograph, audiovisual, and digital collections. She has served the preservation field in many professional leadership roles, including as Co-Chair of ALA's Preservation Outreach Committee, Co-Chair of ALA's Digital Preservation Interest Group, Chair of SAA's Preservation Section, as well as serving on the Program Committees for the PASIG conference and the New England Archivists conference. Frances received her MLIS with a focus in Archives Management at Simmons College and her BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.

Academic library: 2 year; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Archives; Museum; Special Collections
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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