The Academy Meets Digital Preservation

The following is a guest post from Heather Bowden, Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program Specialist in the Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives. Hot on the heels of the Academy Awards, we would like to present to you, Zoe Friedlander, Systems Librarian for the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture […]

Personal Digital Archiving: An Interview with Jordan Fields of the Kansas City Public Library

Here in the Library’s digital preservation program, we have become more and more active in the realm of personal digital archiving (and see our related blog posts on the subject here).  So it’s of great interest to us when we hear about other such activities happening in libraries around the country.  For example, the Kansas […]

Is There a Future for Librarians? And Am I In It?

Last Thursday I was invited to participate in a discussion organized by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) on the future of the Federal government 1410 series. What, pray tell, is the 1410 series and why should we care about it? Turns out that the Office of Personnel Management maintains a master list of […]

A Natural Passion for All Things Digital Preservation

The following is a guest post from Heather Bowden, Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program Specialist in the Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives. On January 3rd, it was my great pleasure to be simultaneously ringing in the New Year and starting my work as the new Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program Specialist. […]

New Digital Curation Residency Program Launched

Attention library school students and recent graduates!  The Library of Congress recently announced an exciting new residency program in digital curation, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services .  Program applications will be available later this year. Here is the Library’s press release announcing the program: Library and information science (LIS) professionals […]

Digital Preservation 101—Learning the Theory and Practice of Preserving Bits

The following is a guest blog post by Gloria Gonzalez, a UCLA Library and Information Science graduate student and former NDIIPP Junior Fellow. What exactly is it that we’re aiming to preserve? What is a digital object? My professor, Dr. Jean-François Blanchette, began the second meeting of my digital preservation class with these questions. I […]

Box Out! Taking Digital Preservation Outreach Resources to the Classroom

The Digital Preservation Outreach in a Box resources being compiled by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Outreach Working group are designed as a gentle introduction to the concepts of preserving digital information. There are a lot of words in that sentence that could use some deconstruction. “Gentle,” for example. Is it possible to “gently” introduce […]

Funding Opportunity for Ph.D. Studies in Web Archiving

The University of North Texas College of Information with the International Internet Preservation Consortium is seeking applications for a 3-year doctoral studies support award. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2012, and annual financial support is approximately $40,000 (USD). The awardee will be directly involved with the activities of the IIPC and will experience […]

The December 2011 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

The December 2011 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available (PDF). In this issue: *Information about how the Library of Congress is archiving the 2012 Election campaign websites *Updates from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Standards and Outreach Working Groups *An article about saving the record of American business *A recent meeting discussed […]

“It’s Dead, Jim”: Resurrecting an Obsolete File, Part 2

In part 1 of this story, I described the difficulty of accessing a commercial CD-ROM published in 1989. Eventually, out of frustration, I questioned its value and wondered who actually cared about outdated software. So I consulted some colleagues. It turns out that some gamers care, especially those who are fanatical about the original look […]