Wayfinding for Digital Preservation

Wednesday, 10/30/2019
  • 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 30, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

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

As the extent of our digital collections continues to increase and available resources for the maintenance of these digitized materials remains stagnant, it has become increasingly important that we consider new ways of approaching digital preservation. An assessment can help you understand where you are, identify where you want to be, and identify realistic steps for getting there. This session will: cover the digital preservation assessment process, offer real-life examples of ways institutions have used an assessment to find their path forward, and provide further resources and tools for performing an assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • be introduced the digital preservation assessment process;
  • learn how a digital preservation assessment can benefit their institution;
  • see how other institutions have successfully used assessment to improve their digital preservation practice; and
  • be able to identify resources to aid them in performing an assessment internally and/or through a consultant.

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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