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Digital Conversion IG Midwinter Meeting 2013

ALCTS PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group

Saturday, January 26, 2013,  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Washington State Convention Center, Room 604


Panelists share a range of digitization projects with a focus on the standards and technical specifications behind the projects.  Specifics include file formats, metadata, codecs, wrappers, file compression and storage. 

The Midwinter Meeting for the Digital Conversion Interest Group continues addressing the question of how small institutions, and institutions on tight budgets, can move forward with digital projects to preserve their material. 

Hannah Palin, Film Archivist for the University of Washington Libraries, will address the challenges of working from grant-to-grant.  Palin works in what is known as the DIY archive at the University of Washington Libraries.  The archive brings moving image materials into the mainstream through creating collection guides and posting films to their Digital Collections site; this work is completed all without a direct budget.  Palin will address how they implement best practices under budgetary constraints.

The conversation will then turn towards a comparison of types of workflows.  Christopher Masciangelo will share his experience as a Digital Conversion Specialist at the World Digital Library, at the Library of Congress, discussing the pros and cons of a range of digitization processes.  This will lead into general discussion about workflows at your institution.


About the speakers:


Hannah Palin

Film Archives Specialist

University of Washington Libraries

Hannah Palin, Film Archivist for the University of Washington Libraries, has been working on grant-funded moving image preservation projects at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections for the past ten years. In her role as Film Archives Specialist, Hannah has overseen work on numerous projects including grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Washington Preservation Initiative, the Apex Foundation, the Allen Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Christopher Masciangelo

Digital Conversion Specialist

World Digital Library

Library of Congress

Chris Masciangelo is a Digital Conversion Specialist at the Library of Congress, working as part of the World Digital Library (WDL) content management team, as well as a participant in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). He has been involved professionally with digital conversion activities for the last 5 years and has worked on numerous projects including the New Jersey Digital Highway, New Jersey Environmental Digital Library, and a mass digitization project at Rutgers University. He is familiar with the various aspects of digitization, and last February traveled to Doha, Qatar to give an instructional presentation about digitization to some of WDL's Middle Eastern partners.