Free Digital Preservation Workshops

CD included in the student literary magazine Embryo. Vol. LV, 2006. From the collections of The Westminster Schools Archives.

Music CD included in the student literary magazine Embryo. Vol. LV, 2006. From the collection of The Westminster Schools Archives, Atlanta, Georgia.

This post may not reach some of you in time to attend the April 2 webinar, but this is important to get out to our community. Budget cuts often affect our ability to attend professional meetings or educational opportunities, so we have to look for ways to gain more knowledge in creative ways.

This is a series of free webinars hosted by the Association of Southeastern Regional Libraries. Many of you may have seen this on the Archives and Archivists’ listserv, but in case you had not, I wanted to share the information. All of these will be recorded, so you will be able to go to the website and watch any you may have to miss. They have a wide variety of previous webinars available at, including the February 2012 series “Introduction to Digital Preservation,” based on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation, Outreach and Education (DPOE) Model.


ASERL is pleased to again host a series of webinars to aid member librarians, staff, and others in learning the basic tenets of digital preservation. The first series, offered in Spring 2012, continues to attract repeated viewers via ASERL’s Vimeo channel (see For 2013, we’ve re-focused the content based on user feedback and re-structured the series into four 60-minute webinars.

All sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about this important topic. Further updates can be found at


Intro to Digital Preservation #1: “Preservation Planning and Overview of PREMIS for Beginners”
Speaker: Lisa Gregory, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

This webinar is designed to help participants begin formulating a digital preservation plan for their digital collections. Even if you already have files accumulating, planning and implementing basic digital preservation strategies doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Topics to be covered include what to consider during planning, first steps for implementation, as well as a basic introduction to PREMIS, the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata. The goal will be to help you start thinking about preservation as part of your everyday digital workflow.

DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT


Intro to Digital Preservation #2: “Forbearing the Digital Dark Age: Capturing Metadata for Digital Objects”
Speaker: Chris Dietrich, National Park Service.

Metadata is the key to both discovery and long-term accessibility of digital content. This webinar will address metadata for digital photos, documents, audio-video, tabular data, and GIS data. Topics include categories of metadata, metadata standards for different asset types, metadata capture strategies, and metadata software tools. Links to additional resources for digital preservationists will also be provided.

DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT


Intro to Digital Preservation #3: “Management of Incoming Born-Digital Special Collections”
Speaker: Gretchen Gueguen, University of Virginia.

This webinar will cover the basics of getting started with managing born-digital archives. Through basic techniques and practical suggestions, you will learn how to assess your collection, develop a management plan, put basic policies in place, and set up an accessioning workflow. Simple tools to help you do the job will be reviewed along with guides and other resources to help answer your questions.

DATE: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT


Intro to Digital Preservation #4: “Using FITS to Identify File Formats and Extract Metadata”
Speaker: Andrea Goethals, Harvard University.

After an introduction to file formats and technical metadata, a demo of the File Information Tool Set (FITS) will be given. You will learn what it does, how it differs from other format tools, how to use it, how to customize it and how Harvard is using FITS in different ways. No experience with FITS is necessary but if you would like to try it out in advance you can download it from

DATE: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT


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