In November 2013, the first phase of the Legacy Digital Media Survey began with examining collection information of the legacy collections at the Rockefeller Archive Center.
The Legacy Digital Media Survey aim is to gain intellectual and physical control over digital media materials in the collections. This survey came about due to the accumulated backlog of unprocessed and unknown amount of digital media over the past forty years of collection building at the RAC. Initial steps are being taken in order to manage the backlog of born-digital content for identification, separation and accessibility of these at-risk items. Continue reading
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) program was designed to encourage college graduates to consider college teaching as a career and provided support for first-year graduate students in the humanities and the social sciences in its early years before expanding to include mathematics and the sciences. Each fellowship file contains application forms, recommendations, transcripts, and other documentation used to track the fellow’s progress.
SAA 2013 New Orleans
This was an extremely informative workshop led by Nancy McGovern, Head of Curation and Preservation Services at MIT and Helen Tibbo Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC Chapel Hill in which concepts, principles, and practices for developing a digital curation program to effectively manage digital content were reviewed. This workshop highlighted issues of advocacy, preservation planning, and policy development necessary to manage digital content for the future. Continue reading
SAA 2013 New Orleans
Session 604: Defining Levels of Preservation and Management for Electronic Records
This session addressed the initial steps or levels of preservation for electronic records management. It was held on Saturday August 17, 2013 at Archives 2013 New Orleans.
Last week on Friday, June 14th I attended the NDSA Regional Meeting hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council in New York City. This regional meeting of National Digital Stewardship Alliance members, NDIIPP project partners and other institutions interested in digital stewardship was held in an “unconference” format allowing for various short and long presentations on institution activities that are focused around digital stewardship and an open agenda session for topics of discussion to arise. Sibyl presented on the work the Digital Team has accomplished at the RAC creating and implementing a digital preservation program from ingest to access.
On April 16, 2013 the third of four webinars on the Introduction to Digital Preservation was given. The topic was management of born digital collections. Gretchen Gueguen, Digital Archivist for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia was the speaker.
On Thursday and Friday of last week, we had a visit from Evelyn and Austin of Artefactual Systems, who were here to set up a new version of Archivematica for us to test. This new version has some important functionality which will allow us to present access copies of digitized material online in DIMES.
In Fall 2012, I attended an Electronic Records Management course at Pratt Institute’s School of Library and Information Science. The course focused on the organizational transitions and culture changes required for successful electronic records program implementation, staffer roles and responsibilities, current practices in management of electronic records in email, inventorying, vital record program, disaster recovery and retention scheduling.
On February 13, 2013 the D-REC Committee attended an NISO Webinar about viewpoints and updates from industry leaders on theory and practice of preservation metadata.
The Webinar consists of presentations by Rebecca Guenther and Amy Kirchhoff. Rebecca Guenther, Consultant and Standards specialist at the Library of Congress, discusses the types of information that should be associated with an archival digital object, the development of the PREMIS data dictionary and corresponding XML schema. Amy Kirchhoff who is the Archive Service Manager at Portico details Portico’s applications of the PREMIS standard to their digital preservation repositories.
The slides can be accessed here and the audio recording can be accessed here.
Role of Long Term Storage in Digital Collections: From Digital Dark Ages to Digital Renaissance
Store- How should digital content be stored for the long term?
Vicki Gruzynski- Organizer/Presenter
Laura Osterhout- Rochester Regional Library Council
Erin Rhodes- Colby College, Special Collections
Webinar notes Wednesday November 14, 2012
Presentation Slides and handouts –
Storage Introduction, Storage Slides, Storage Outline, Storage Handout
*You will need to have Windows Media software on your computer to view the recording