Archive for January, 2019

Preserving Digital Archives

April 23, 2019 | University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Instructor: Lori Lindberg
Early-Bird Deadline: March 23, 2019
To register: https://saa.archivists.org/events/preserving-digital-archives-1949/913/

This course is designed to help practitioners move from understanding the core vocabulary, standards, and best practices of digital preservation toward program planning, policy development, and systems evaluation. Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, the course will build on core concepts, explore organizational aspects of digital preservation, introduce tools and standards for technical and preservation metadata, and examine factors to consider in evaluating and selecting digital preservation systems.

Who Should Attend? Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials

What Should You Know? Participants should understand archival fundamentals and be familiar with the basics of metadata and computer systems. We strongly recommend that participants complete the Thinking Digital webinar prior to taking this course.


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Dear Colleagues,

We are currently conducting research on privacy issues and professional archivists, and invite you to participate in a short survey. The survey will collect some basic information about your outlook on privacy and pose some hypothetical scenarios.

The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 to 15 minutes. Your participation is voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time without completing it. Names of individual and institutions will be anonymized in all related publication. For each completed survey, there is an opportunity to submit an email address into a drawing for Amazon giftcards.


We kindly request that you forward this invitation to colleagues who may be interested in taking the survey.

We appreciate your time and attention.


Virginia Dressler, MA, MLIS

Digital Projects Librarian

Kent State University



Jodi Kearns, MSLS, PhD
Digital Projects Manager
Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
The University of Akron

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Case Western Reserve University has an opening for an Archivist, Scholarly Resources & Special Collections – Librarian 3.

For further information and to apply, click here: https://employment.case.edu/psp/ERECRUIT/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=7319&PostingSeq=1

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Purpose and Criteria for Selection: The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession. The institution being nominated should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

  • Demonstrably contributing to archival theory and the development of new archival practice.
  • Serving its constituency in an outstanding fashion.
  • Showing extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness in improving efficiency of operations or methods of work.
  • Going well beyond the normal performance requirements expected of an archival agency and thus providing a model for others.
  • Developing over a period of years an archives program of such depth and scope as to warrant special recognition

Eligibility: Any archival institution, archival organization, records center, or manuscript repository, archival education program, or nonprofit or government organization providing service or support to the archives community in North America.

Nomination Requirements: In addition to a completed nomination form, each nomination must include letters of support from three SAA members, each representing a different institution. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form: Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2019.

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Best Practices Exchange (BPE) 2019

April 29-May 1

Columbus, Ohio


Call for Proposals form: https://goo.gl/forms/QI9DgP7qSA1e3oSj1

The Best Practices Exchange Program Committee invites submissions of session proposals for the 2019 Conference to be held Monday April 29-Wednesday May 1 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library in Columbus, Ohio.

The BPE is an unconference that focuses on the management and the preservation of digital information and brings together practitioners to discuss their real-world experiences, including best practices and lessons learned. Deadline for proposals is Friday January 18, 2019 (midnight).

Each session will feature one or more relatively short presentations, but at least half of each session should be devoted to discussion. Attendees and presenters should be prepared to share their own experiences, successes, failures, and lessons learned. These informal, small group sessions will give presenters and attendees alike a unique opportunity to meet, experience, and cooperate with other practitioners, educators, and researchers seeking to address a wide array of digital challenges.

A BPE session may feature a single presenter, two or three presenters addressing a common topic, or many presenters delivering lightning talks. Proposals for roundtable, facilitated discussions, or mini-workshops are also welcome. Sessions can range in length depending on amount content but most will be 60 minutes.

Noted topics of interest in relation to digital data and collections include:

  • Accessibility/access issues
  • Collections as data
  • Content management systems
  • Copyright in digital collections / Rightstatements.org
  • Digital collection building with communities
  • Digital disaster planning / Mitigation
  • Digital library platform development
  • Digital storytelling
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Linked data
  • Outreach and marketing
  • Preservation workflows
  • Privacy
  • Revitalizing digital collections
  • Security
  • Use and reuse for digital humanities projects or other projects
  • Using digital collections in the classroom

Proposals should include a session abstract of 100 words or less and the name, title, email, and organization for each presenter. Proposals may be submitted individually for shorter presentations or for a full session with multiple speakers. Shorter proposed presentations may be combined with others by the Program Committee. For more information, see the BPE website, and the proposal submission form.

During the first day of the conference, additional Birds of a Feather and Pop-Up session proposals will be solicited and approved.

Brainstorming session spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uOVoYjj5jsvihtu1kgXHAYSQ6FiFHFHN0uMu4c_LBLQ/edit?usp=sharing

Please send any questions to bestpracticesexchange@gmail.com.

BPE is open to all, but particularly practitioners in government and university archives and libraries; educators and researchers in the fields of library science, information science, technology, archives, and records management; and product developers working to create systems for managing and preserving digital assets.

Thank you!

The BPE Program Committee: Linda Avetta (cochair), Pennsylvania State Archives; Janet Carleton (cochair), Ohio University; Derek Clark, Kentucky State Archives; Veronica Martzahl (past chair), Massachusetts Archives; Michael McNeil, California State Archives; Dan Noonan, The Ohio State University; Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University; Bonnie Weddle, New York State Archives.

Best Practices Exchange, since 2006

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Janet Carleton

Planning Cochair

Best Practices Exchange 2019


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