Piggybacking to Avoid Going Down the Rabbit Hole, or What I Learned at the First DPOE Workshop

The following is a guest post from Sam Meister, Digital Archivist, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. During the week of September 20 – 23, 2011, a group of individuals from all across the United States descended on the Library of Congress to attend the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) initiative’s first ever Train the […]

Graduates To Sow Seeds of New Training Program Across U.S.

The following is a guest post from Ellen O’Donnell, Senior Technical Writer, on assignment to the Office of Strategic Initiatives from the National Institutes of Health. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The Nevada State Library and Archives. The local history center of the Hartford, Conn., Public Library. These organizations and 21 others involved […]

Library of Congress To Launch New Corps of Digital Preservation Trainers

The following is a guest post from Ellen O’Donnell, Senior Technical Writer, on assignment to the Office of Strategic Initiatives from the National Institutes of Health. The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program at the Library of Congress will hold its first national train-the-trainer workshop on September 20-23, 2011, in Washington, DC. The DPOE Baseline […]

6 Wishes for the Human Face of Digital Preservation

Technology is the easy part of digital preservation. Actually it’s only easy relative to the other challenges that libraries, archives and other memory institutions face in keeping and serving digital content. The really hard stuff comes down to people: how staff are organized, empowered and trained to do the work. I see two basic issues […]

A is for Archives: the ABCs of preserving digital information

An abecedarian is one who is learning the fundamentals of something, as in the alphabet, or in this case, digital preservation. Today I am beginning a series that will explore the topic of digital preservation in an alphabetical way. Each post will use a word or phrase as a device to explore a concept and […]

Junior Fellows Wrapping Up Digital Preservation Internship Projects

The following is a guest post by Gloria Gonzalez, a 2011 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. As August begins, our time as NDIIPP Junior Fellows is coming to an end. The four of us—Victoria Priester, Kristin Snawder, Cristina Bilmanis and myself—were introduced on The Signal at the beginning of June. Since then, we’ve worked on […]

Digital Preservation in a Box: NDSA Outreach

“Bob, can you give a presentation to thirty 8th graders on digital preservation.” “Sure. When’s the presentation?” “At 3:00 o’clock today.” “[YIKES!]” If your organization is like most, this scenario happens more regularly than you’d like. Fear not! The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Outreach Working Group set out to provide some solutions during its workshop […]

Digitization is Different than Digital Preservation: Help Prevent Digital Orphans!

The following is a guest post by Kristin Snawder, a 2011 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. “If it’s scanned, then it’s preserved, right?  I mean, it’s in the computer now so that’s all I need to do!” I’ve heard this response when I ask if something is digitally preserved and it raises concerns.  Lumping scanning […]

What Skills Does a Digital Archivist or Librarian Need?

Archives, libraries and other collecting organizations are in the midst of a staff revolution. The digital age is driving a demand for employees who are comfortable and creative with technology. As someone who hires and supervises staff in a digitally-oriented environment I know this first hand. I often hear from students and others with questions […]