This year’s program will consist of four presentations on the topic of “Best Practices for Digital Preservation”. It will be followed by a general business discussion of the IG.
Digital Preservation in a Collaborative Environment
Presenters: Christine Wiseman, Head Digital Services Department & Josh Hogan, Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian, Atlanta University Center
Librarians and Archivists in all types of institutions face similar digital preservation challenges. This session will highlight the advantages of collaboration both internally and externally to small and mid-sized institutions in support of providing long-term access to ever expanding digital content. Like many mid-sized academic institutions, the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library finds itself in need of assessment and consolidation of existing digital content management platforms as well as exploring options for long term preservation of digital assets. This presentation will outline the library’s process of establishing digital preservation plans and policies. This process, a collaboration involving the Digital Services Department, the Archives Research Center and the IT department, included conducting an inventory of digital assets, evaluating digital content management and preservation systems, developing born digital workflows, and formulating a digital preservation framework for the library that is realistic for a mid-sized institution and consistent with the Library’s overall strategic plan.
Doesn't Play Well with Others: Challenges in Integrating Local Repository and Distributed Digital Preservation Services
Presenters: Brendan Quinn, Senior Developer, Northwestern University
Many cultural heritage institutions have established repository systems to preserve important digital content either generated or collected by their constituencies. To mitigate risk factors to long-term preservation associated with lack of geographic diversity, lack of technological diversity, and loss of data related to human activities and systems failures, many have turned to distributed digital preservation services. However, as these services have matured, the problem of tracking data from a local repository to a distributed service has not been resolved. In 2017, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-72-16-0135-16), Northwestern University and the University of California San Diego began investigating various challenges related to the integration of local repository services with distributed preservation networks, such as curatorial decision-making, managing multiple copies and versioning of digital objects in multiple systems, and the implications of varying storage structures on data restoration.
Preservation Appraisal and Selection: How We Determine What Actually Needs to be Preserved
Presenters: Jeremy Myntti, Head of Digital Library Services & Tawnya Keller, Assistant Head of Digital Preservation, University of Utah
The University of Utah’s Marriott Library has been refining its digital preservation program over the past several years. As part of this, an appraisal/selection guide for projects intended to be digitally preserved has been developed to make sure that the content is actually in need of preservation. This guide helps to make the difficult decision on what content is in need of preservation and what content doesn’t necessarily need the highest level of digital preservation activities performed. In addition to using the appraisal/selection guide, we are working on refining our priorities for all digital projects originating in Special Collections to best meet the needs of our users. This presentation will include an overview of our digital library in relation to preservation activities, information about our appraisal/selection guide, a demonstration of the tools being used to determine what to preserve, and the workflows being refined to ensure that our preservation program is meeting our institutional goals.
Removing Barriers and Building Bridges: The MetaArchive Cooperative Preservation Network’s Flexible Membership Structure
Presenters: Cinda May, Chair of Special Collections, Indiana State University Library & Deanna Ulvestad, Archivist, Greene County Public Library, Xenia, Ohio
From its inception the MetaArchive Cooperative has sought to make active digital preservation a viable option for organizations of all sizes and resource levels. Through its membership-driven, community-based approach, MetaArchive has continually evaluated and shifted its membership and technical structures to lower barriers and build bridges for organizations such as public libraries and small museums to join and participate in a distributed digital preservation network. This presentation will outline previous experiments and explorations that resulted in new lower cost membership options, as well as a current investigation of the feasibility of evolving its technical infrastructure to a SuperNode network model. All of these efforts have been enabled by the flexibility of MetaArchive’s cooperative organizational model, where multiple member voices contributed to the focus on scaling the network to support the digital preservation needs of small organizations.
Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group
Content Area: Transforming: Systems & Technology
Interests: Digital Libraries, Digitization, Emerging Technologies, Guidelines and Standards, Preservation
Type of Library: Academic, Corporate, Federal, Government, Law, Medical, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Special, State Library, Undergraduate
Sponsors: ALCTS, ALCTS_PARS
Cost: Included with full conference registration.