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ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 3-4PM
Washington State Convention Center, TCC 204

Dr. Howard Besser will present on: "Archiving media from the Occupy Movement: Trying to involve participants in making their creations more preservable."

This presentation discusses the work of Activist Archivists in trying to preserve media related to the Occupy Movement through engagement with its participants. Methods ranged from outreach activities (such as the creation of a "Why Archive" postcard and video employing language and principles important to movement members) to guidelines concerning file formats and metadata. The presenter will also discuss impediments to libraries' downloading relevant material from social media sites such as FLICKR and YouTube (including user agreement restrictions, as well as how these sites tend to strip important embedded metadata from files), and outreach activities to encourage movement participants to execute library-friendly Creative Commons agreements and to post their media works on sites that do not strip out embedded metadata. This presentation should be relevant to librarians facing an impending onslaught of born-digital personal archives.

An open discussion will follow, focused both on these specific issues as well how to balance the intensive metadata we need for preservation against the resources that will likely not be available to enhance the metadata for the vast quantities of digital works that will enter our collections.

About Professor Besser: Howard Besser is a Professor at New York University, where he directs a Masters Degree program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. He has authored dozens of articles on automation of cultural materials, and has been involved in the creation of metadata standards such as the Dublin Core, METS, and PREMIS. Dr Besser has written extensively on issues of digital preservation, led the Preserving Digital Public Television project (as part of NDIIPP), and was a member of the National Research Council's panel reviewing NARA's Electronic Records Archives.

The presentation and discussion will be preceded by a brief business meeting. 

Shawn Averkamp
Sarah Potvin
Chairs, ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group