Personal Digital Archiving

Increase your understanding of common digital files—digital photos, recordings, video, documents, and others—and learn what it takes to preserve them. Technology changes rapidly. If you don’t actively care for your digital possessions you may lose access to them as some technologies become obsolete. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.

This webinar is offered for free to celebrate Preservation Week. Learn more

ALCTS thanks The MediaPreserve for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

Learning Outcomes

  1. the nature of the problem
  2. simple practical tips to describe and save digital files
  3. tools that can be used

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in preserving their own digital photos, documents, recordings, videos, and other digital files.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Mike Ashenfelder, Digital Preservation Project Coordinator, has worked for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress since 2003. He writes about personal digital archiving, leaders in digital preservation 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.

Date & Times

Available 24/7. Originally presented April 24, 2013.

Session lasts about one hour.





Technical Requirements

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

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How to Register

No registration required. Access materials now:

Recording (.wmv)

Recording (YouTube)

Slides (.pdf)



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