Preserving Digital Collections: An Overview

Wednesday, 3/16/2016
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented live on 03/16/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

This session will be a primer to digital library preservation, assuming little or no background in protecting and ensuring access to both born digital and digitized collections, including text, images, and AV collections. The presentation will provide tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

This session is part 3 of a 3-part series, Library Preservation Today:

  1. Environmental Monitoring and Control
  2. Care and Handling of Books and Scrapbooks
  3. Preserving Digital Collections: An Overview

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this series of webinars, attendees will:

  1. value preservation as a formal library function, and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission
  2. appreciate the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, in extending the useful life of collections; and
  3. understand some of the challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

Who Should Attend

Those who work in smaller to medium-sized libraries, archives, and historical societies.


Peter Verheyen, Research and Emerging Issues Analyst at Syracuse University Library comes from a bookbinding and rare book conservation background. He worked as a conservator in private practice and at Yale and Cornell University libraries. In 1995 he established the conservation lab at the Syracuse University Libraries and served as Head of Preservation and Conservation until 2013. Verheyen was involved in digitization activities at Syracuse and managed many projects in the Special Collections Research Center.



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This webinar was presented live on 03/16/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

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No registration required.

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