Preserving Your Digital Life

Thursday, 4/28/2016
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

This session was presented on April 28, 2016. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

Our stories as individuals and as members of a community are preserved in each of our homes, in our family histories, and in life stories—not just in libraries, archives, and museums. Today, many of us record and keep these stories in digital formats, often on our smartphones. The ability to easily create audio and video recordings leads to deep and rich documentation of events that may be personally important but may also have regional or national significance. Preserving these narratives for our families and for future generations means considering how we create the files and how we store them. What steps can we take now to make the ensure the best possibility of retaining these important files into the future?

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will:

  • learn methods for developing and implementing a plan for preserving the audio and video files documenting personal and community "digital lives”
  • be introduced to
    • various file formats for digital audio and video
    • ways to improve chances for long-term access at the point of recording
    • file formats for digital audio
    • file storage options and best practices
    • basic steps for preserving digital audio and video

Who Should Attend

This webinar is primarily intended for individuals, but will also be of interest to local historical societies and other cultural heritage groups.


Krista White is Digital Humanities Librarian and Head of Media Services at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark.

Isaiah Beard is Digital Data Curator at the Scholarly Communication Center at the Archibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.



This session was presented for free on April 26, 2016 as part of Preservation Week. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

How to Register

No registration required.

Tech Requirements

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

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