From theory to action: A pragmatic approach to digital preservation strategies and tools



Thursday, September 18, 2014 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm


Blagg-Huey Library

Texas Woman's University

About This Session

The DigitalPOWRR grant, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has been investigating scalable and sustainable digital preservation solutions to recommend for use in small- and medium-sized libraries with restricted resources. Based on this extensive work, this one-day workshop will prepare participants for the ‘how’ of digital preservation in order to serve the needs of your organization.

We expect that our target audience will have minimal background knowledge in digital preservation and curation and responsibilities for digital assets in their organization. The Library of Congress's Digital Preservation Outreach & Education (DPOE) Curriculum, offers a series of valuable resources that participants should be familiar with prior to this workshop.

Learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. Participants 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 their institutions’ workflow.
  2. Participants will practice the initial pre-ingest steps necessary to accession a digital collection, as described in the OCLC report “Walk this Way,” and gain the skills necessary to repeat this process at their institutions.
  3. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a basic digital preservation tool and understand how it can be used within their institutions’ workflow.
  4. Participants will take away resources that help align communication and advocacy, policymaking, and tool selection/implementation.
  5. Participants will create a 3-3-3 Action Plan to implement in the following 3 months that will move them closer to their digital preservation goals.


Patrice-Andre Prud'homme

Head of Digital Collections at Illinois State University and PhD student in Higher Education Administration in the College of Education. He is responsible for several of the project management processes in the digital collections department, including copyrights, metadata and documentation, design, and supervision of the digital center.

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Meg Miner

Associate Professor Meg Miner is the University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University. She helps cultivate interest in IWU's history among alumni, students, faculty and administrators by arranging and providing access to university records in physical and digital formats.

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