Free Tools for Digital Preservation: An Introduction

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This session will provide an introduction to tools that can be used to manage digital files in a cultural heritage institution. Instructors will demonstrate basic tools and techniques that can help institutions improve long-term management of digital collections. All tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions. Please note that several of the tools demonstrated in the class are Windows-based and not all work across all systems. Tools and skills demonstrated will include Bulk Rename Utility, basics of command line, Karen’s Hasher, HashMyFiles, Fixity, and Bagger. This class does not cover digitization, or conversion of analog materials to digital files.

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand the importance of effective management of digital files
Learn multiple ways to create and verify checksums
View demonstrations of batch changing file names using command line tools
Gain some comfort with tools for managing digital collections


Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. 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.

Librarians, archivists, museum professionals, or other staff at collecting organizations with responsibility for managing digital collections, or with an interest in taking on digital collections. Digital collections include born digital materials and items digitized from analog sources. Prior knowledge of digital preservation tools is absolutely not required. The course “Digital Preservation Toolbox: Metadata Manipulation” will build upon the foundations laid in this course.
Frequency: offered 2 times a year, Spring & Fall

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 1
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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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