From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Tools & Strategies September 2

Friday, 2 September 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST

One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63121, United States

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Friday, 2 September 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST

University of Missouri- St. Louis Thomas Jefferson Library, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63121, United States.

This full-day workshop is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. The workshop was created as a result of an IMLS-funded study on identifying practical digital preservation solutions for small- and mid-sized libraries. We will not be addressing the “why” of digital preservation; rather, we are preparing for the “how.”...providing hands-on, practical experience. Attendees will practice the accession of a digital collection using a simple, open source tool; learn about several digital preservation tools and services; and create an institution-specific action plan for making progress towards digital preservation goals. (Digital POWRR,


This workshop is cosponsored by the University of Missouri Library Digital Projects Committee. The POWRR team appreciates their support and generosity.


Target Audience

This is a hands-on workshop designed specifically for front-line practitioners from small and mid-sized institutions, who routinely complete collections processing work. If you understand the need for digital preservation, and are now seeking to build daily workflows that incorporate accessioning digital materials, processing them, and planning for their long-term preservation, you are our target audience. The focus on the workshop is on preservation and not on access (digitization) of materials. An introductory knowledge of digital preservation issues, such as those outlined in the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Curriculum, is required.


**Please note that this is not a workshop on digitization. However, the curriculum could be helpful to implement a digital preservation plan into a digitization project. The skills taught can be applied to both born-digital as well as digitized collections.**


Workshop Expected Outcomes

-You will understand that different digital preservation tools/services can perform different functions within the digital curation lifecycle and be able to explain how these tools/services can be used within your institution’s workflow.

-You will practice some of the initial pre-ingest activities* required to accession a digital collection and gain the skills necessary to repeat this process at your institution.

-You will gain hands on experience with a basic digital preservation tool and understand how it can be used within your institution’s workflow.

-You will take away resources that help align communication and advocacy, as well as guide policymaking and tool selection/implementation.

-You will create a 3-3-3 Action Plan to implement in the following 3 months that will move you closer to your digital preservation goals.

* as described in the OCLC report “Walk this Way”


PLEASE NOTE: If this workshop is full, please add your name to the wait-list. You will be contacted if there are any cancellations.  


**It is our goal that this workshop be as accessible as possible. If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for equal access and participation, please contact us.**

Cancellation policy

Please make all attempts to be present at the workshop.  While we understand that things do come up, there is limited space.  We ask that if you must cancel your attendance, you do so as soon as possble to allow others the opportunity to join.

Digital POWRR Project

Digital POWRR is a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to bring practical digital preservation solutions to small and mid-sized institutions.

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