Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups

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As technology changes, the greatest threat to preserving digital files is obsolescence. Files may get stuck on obsolete media or in some form that may become unusable in time. If you don’t actively care for your digital possessions you may lose access to them.

This webinar can help increase your understanding of what it takes to preserve commonly used digital files such photos, recordings, videos and documents. Learn about the nature of the digital-preservation challenge and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.

Originally presented April 30, 2015. Watch the recording now:

Recording (.wmv)  |  YouTube video

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

This session is free, thanks to Gaylord Archival, and part of the Preservation Week series:

Date Title Presenter
April 28 Moving Image Preservation 101 Siobhan C. Hagan
April 30 Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups Mike Ashenfelder
May 1 Disaster Response Q&A Nancy E. Kraft


Learning Outcomes

  • the nature of the digital-preservation challenge
  • simple, practical tips to describe and save digital files
  • tools that can be used

Who Should Attend

Individuals and representatives from small organizations, anyone with an interest in preserving their own digital photos, documents, recordings, videos, and other digital files.


Mike Ashenfelder, Digital Preservation Project Coordinator, has worked at the Library of Congress since 2003 in the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. He writes about personal digital archiving, leaders in digital preservation and issues and new developments in digital preservation. He also produces public information videos and podcasts. Before joining the Library of Congress, he worked for a decade in the Bay Area as a technical writer.

Mike has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Music History from San Francisco State University.




How to Register

Originally presented April 30, 2015. Watch the recording now:

Recording (.wmv)  |  YouTube video

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Session lasts about an hour.

Tech Requirements

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

If you receive a Codec error when playing the recorded file with Windows Media Player, download the gotowebinar codec file from: The Codec acts as a patch that allows the recording, which is created with a higher version of Media Player, to play in version 7. For more information on playing the recording, see the FAQ.




For questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or


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There is no charge for this webinar, which is generously sponsored by Gaylord Archival.