A Field Guide to Digital Preservation

Wednesday, 10/16/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on October 16, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

This is part one of the three-part series A Compass for the Digital Frontier.

Are you just starting to figure out what digital preservation is? Have you wondered how digital preservation is different from digitization? Do OAIS and PREMIS leave you a bit bewildered? This session will introduce basic ideas and terminology to help you feel confident in your understanding of the core concepts in digital preservation, will provide an overview of risks to the longevity of you digital collections and ways to address these risks, and will point you towards appropriate resources for additional information for continued learning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the core concepts in digital preservation;
  • be able to articulate risks to their digital collections;
  • be able to identify solutions for addressing risks; and
  • become conversant with appropriate resources for further learning.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is intended for staff at libraries and cultural heritage institutions with an interest in, or responsibility for, digitized materials. It is also appropriate for students and those new to digital preservation.


Frances Harrell is the Lead Consultant for Myriad, a consulting group serving libraries, archives, museums, and private collectors. She has over ten years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations, focusing on digitization and digital preservation. She has spent that time helping libraries, archives, and museums achieve their preservation goals through consulting and training in paper, photograph, audiovisual, and digital collections. She is the Co-Chair of ALA's Preservation Outreach Committee, and has served as the co-chair of ALA's Digital Preservation Interest Group and Chair of SAA's Preservation Section. She received her MLIS from Simmons College and her BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.



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