Monday, March 10, 2014

FREE - Preservation Town Hall

The Preservation Town Hall Series is hosted by LYRASIS and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These meetings provide an opportunity to learn about and share best practices, firsthand experiences, and helpful resources from experts in the community and your colleagues. All sessions will be FREE for participants. The Accidental Digital Curator: Acquiring and Preserving Digital Archives​​ Town Hall meetings will be held twice - first on April 4th at Boston Public Library in Boston , MA , and then again on May 7th at Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) in Burr Ridge, IL. The RAILS session will be a webcast live for participants who are unable to personally attend the event. Cultural heritage institutions are beginning to acquire digital archives. They come from faculty and researchers, authors and artists, organizations and others. Along with this digital content comes the responsibility for identifying, extracting, describing, providing access to and preserving these important born-digital collections and these new digital curation responsibilities present some new challenges. The reality is that most collections arrive on a variety of hardware, implicitly invoking requirements for a variety of operating systems, hardware, software, and digital archaeology/forensics skills not available in most institutions. This is especially difficult for smaller institutions that may lack the infrastructure and support for open source options that have been created for managing digital content. This Town Hall meeting will open up the concepts and processes, and relay the lessons learned related to these challenging collections that all cultural heritage organizations will likely acquire within the next ten years. Featured speakers for the April 4th Town Hall at Boston Public Library are: Sasha Griffin, Digital Archivist, Luther College Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University Erika Farr, Head of Digital Archives, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University Featured speakers for the May 7th Town Hall at RAILS are: Sam Meister, Digital Archivist, Assistant Professor, University of Montana Missoula Erika Farr, Head of Digital Archives, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University More speaker information coming soon. Visit our Town Hall page to learn more. Click here for The Accidental Digital Curator Town Hall. Digital/Pages/Preservation Services/Accidental-Digital-Curator.aspx To Register