The Art of Selecting Digital Content to Preserve


This webinar focuses on the basic first questions we all must answer in order to begin developing a digital preservation program:
What digital content do we have, and what are we responsible for preserving?

We begin by identifying all of the digital content that might be within our scope of responsibility. Then we explore strategies for appraisal, prioritization, and acquisition to refine the scope of selecting which digital content should be included in our preservation program.

First session of a two-session series titled "From the Digital Dark Ages to a Digital Renaissance."

Part 2, The Role of Long-Term Storage in Digital Curation was November 14, 2012.

No registration required. Access the session now:

Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Slides - Intro (.pdf)

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Available 24/7. Originally presented on October 10, 2012.

This session lasts about an hour.

Learning Outcomes

This session covers key terms, standards, and concepts related to digital preservation and equips participants with planning strategies for developing a digital preservation plan or program.

Who Should Attend

Technical services librarians with beginning knowledge of digital preservation and an interest in or responsibility for the preservation, stewardship, and management of digital content.


Brenda J. Miller is curator of the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library. The Hartford History Center is home to the Hartford Collection, a noncirculating, multimedia collection comprised of more than 50,000 books, trade publications, directories, postcards, photographs and memorabilia that convey community life in Hartford spanning nearly 300 years. Brenda holds a B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut and a M.A. in American Studies, Museums, Archives and Communities, from Trinity College, Hartford. Prior to serving as curator of the library’s special collections and archive, she coordinated the library’s very successful One Book for Greater Hartford, an annual regional literary program begun in 2002 to initiate community conversation around the reading of one book; and, Poetry Central, a poetry series that gave voice to classical and notable American poetry through dramatic readings and musical interpre tation. She began her career as a journalist serving as editor for a Greater Hartford community newspaper group published under the Imprint banner. (

Sarah Rhodes is Senior Librarian at the National Geographic Library, where she is responsible for research support, coordination of society training programs, and library outreach. From 2007 to 2012, she served as Digital Collections Librarian at the Georgetown University Law Library, where she managed Web preservation, institutional and dataset repositories, and the Chesapeake Group digital archive. She has previously given presentations, panel discussions, and workshops for the American Association of Law Libraries, Computers in Libraries, Electronic Resources & Libraries, and the Canadian Association for Information Science. (




How to Register

No registration required. Access the session now:

Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Slides - Intro (.pdf)

Slides - Part 1 (.pdf)

Tech Requirements




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