The Role of Long-Term Storage in Digital Curation

Introduces considerations for the long-term storage of digital content selected for preservation. This content must be stored in ways that align with good practice. The session addresses issues related to the development of storage management policies, including file formats for deposit and preservation, the preservation of multiple copies, the locations of those copies, the characteristics of those locations, and the means for meeting long‐term storage requirements.

Second session of a two-session series titled "From the Digital Dark Ages to a Digital Renaissance." Part 1, The Art of Selecting Digital Content to Preserve,  was October 10, 2012.

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/program.

Who Should Attend

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

Course Level & Prerequisites



Laura Osterhout, Member Services Librarian at the Rochester Regional Library Council in Fairport, NY, has presented sessions on virtual reference, the basics of digitization projects, metadata, CONTENTdm, and digital preservation basics to various audiences throughout New York State, at the New York Library Association conference, at the CONTENTdm Eastern Users Meeting, and at the Reference Renaissance conference. (

Erin Rhodes, Digital Projects and Education Coordinator at Colby College Special Collections in Waterville, Maine, has presented informally on basic approaches to the digitization of archival and special collections materials; technical metadata; and on teaching and using primary sources in archives to various audiences, including archival colleagues, Colby faculty, and students. (

Date & Times

Available 24/7. Originally presented November 14, 2012

Sessions 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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