Digital Preservation's Impact on the Environment

Thursday, 4/28/2022
  • 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)

Digital content is created and collected by everyone, not just libraries and archives. Keeping digital content viable requires not only energy use, but also refreshing the digital storage media and technologies. This webinar will explore the energy consumption and e-waste generated in current preservation infrastructures and actions, and review the environmental impact embodied in the full lifecycle of these infrastructures. It will include recommendations for actions and policies to mitigate digital preservation’s impact on the environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, attendees will:

  • be aware of their individual and organizational practices that could adversely impact the environment; and
  • have ideas on how to change their practices.

Who Should Attend

Libraries and cultural heritage organizations concerned about their impact on the environment. The webinar is geared to the general public as well as it will review digital storage media and technologies that individuals take for granted. 


Linda Tadic is Founder/CEO of Digital Bedrock, a managed digital preservation service that helps libraries, archives, museums, producers, studios, artists, and individuals preserve their digital content. She is also a Lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, teaching a course on Digital Asset Management. She was previously an adjunct professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Her over 35 years’ experience includes positions at HBO, Artstor, the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, and Pacific Film Archive. Linda consults and lectures on digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, metadata, and the impact of digital preservation on the environment. She is a founding member and former President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), and is currently on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Coordinating Committee. Linda is the recipient of the 2021 SMPTE James A. Lindner Archival Technology Medal.



FREE! This webinar is being offered at no charge as a part of Preservation Week® 2022.

This webinar is being recorded. All attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

How to Register

Click here to register and receive a confirmation email with link to join the webinar

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Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 




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