Steps in a Digital Preservation Workflow

This presentation will outline generic considerations and processes for building and managing a digital preservation workflow. We will consider the workflow within the larger context of a digital content life cycle, which runs from information creation through to ongoing discovery and access. We will focus upon generalized steps institutions can use to acquire, preserve and serve content. The presentation will describe distinct workflow stages in conjunction with sample procedures, policies, tools and services, stressing the dynamic nature of workflows over time, including the use of modular components and ongoing work to enhance automation and cope with issues of scale.

An ALCTS Webcast

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn about the life cycle approach to digital stewardship and how that concept relates to conceptualizing a workflow for the purposes of institutional preservation and access. The presentation will identify model workflow stages, generalized procedures and policies, and commonly used tools and services. It will also include a discussion of various preservation options, including localized repositories and cloud services.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and archivists involved with preservation of digital materials.

Course Level & Prerequisites

Intermediate. Participants should have a basic understanding of the types of digital information subject to preservation, as well as acquaintance with concepts discussed in the Open Archival Information System (OAIS).

no prerequisites


Bill LeFurgy is Digital Initiative Project Manager with the Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. He is responsible for overseeing a digital preservation projects in partnership with a variety of universities, state archives and libraries, and other organizations. He is a frequent speaker on digital preservation at venues around the world.

Date & Time

Available 24/7. Originally presented March 7, 2012.

This session lasts about an hour.





Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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Recording (.wmv)

Slides (.ppt)


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