Preserving Podcasts: How Libraries Can Help

Wednesday, 12/4/2019
  • 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 December 4, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

Indie podcasters are creating works spanning topics reflecting their unique perspectives, backgrounds, and communities. Preserve This Podcast (PTP) is a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant-funded project whose goal is to create a podcast, zine, and website, all which provide indie podcasters the tools and know-how to organize, backup, and describe their digital files.

This webinar aims to step participants through lessons put forth by the PTP podcast. In turn, participants may re-use this teaching model through their respective public programming. PTP also strives to develop general awareness about podcasts among the library field as a powerful teaching and outreach medium.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, attendees will:

  • have completed the three exercises from the Preserve This Podcast zine/workbook about organizing digital files into a folder hierarchy, 3-2-1 backup plans, and understand the importance of metadata for preservation;
  • be able to describe preservation needs of independent podcasters, reflecting file formats created (MP3s, WAVs), recording and editing tools, streaming platforms, preservation barriers related to budget, skillset, and the community podcasters are reaching; and
  • have a keen understanding of podcasts as not just an entertainment medium, but as a tool for librarians to use in educating, connecting with, and reaching their patron base.

Who Should Attend

Public service and outreach librarians/programmers, memory lab builders/planners, digital media makers, zine makers or librarians, oral historians, archivists, preservationists, cultural heritage professionals, audiophiles, a/v professionals, podcast cons


Dana Gerber-Margie (@theaudiosignal) listens to podcasts while living in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her Master's in Library & Information Studies at UW-Madison, and has worked as an A/V Archivist for WiLS and the Wisconsin Historical Society. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the Bello Collective, a publication about podcasts and storytelling. 

Mary Kidd (@kiddarchivist) is an archivist and illustrator. By day, she works for New York Public Library's Special Collections Division. She has worked on audio/visual preservation projects for New York Public Radio, the Magic Shop Recording Studio, and the XFR Collective, a non-profit organization that transfers at-risk media off magnetic tapes to digital format for individuals and groups with limited means. She enjoys creating drawings, zines, gifs, and other artful tidbits to make archiving, and the technology that supports it, accessible, approachable and fun for everyone. 

Sarah Nguyen (@snewyuen) is the Project Coordinator of Preserve This Podcast. She is an advocate for open, accessible, and secure technologies through a couple gigs during her studies as a MLIS candidate at the University of Washington iSchool: Assistant Research Scientist for NYU Libraries and archivist for the Dance Heritage Coalition . Offline, she can be found riding a Cannondale mtb or practicing movement through dance. 



A recording of this webinar is now available since the six-month date of the presentation has passed.

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