Report and Presentations from the Digital Preservation Interest Group meeting at ALA Midwinter 2014 Philadelphia
After a brief business meeting, ten lighting talks were presented by participants in the National Digital Stewardship Residency program.
The National Digital Stewardship Residency program offers ten recent Master’s-level graduates in the library science and related digital fields the opportunity to gain professional experience at the Library of Congress and other prestigious host institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. The inaugural class of residents arrived in Washington in September 2013 to participate in the nine-month program. The lightning talk session introduced the residents and expanded upon their project work and experience as residents in the program. The residents and projects that were discussed included:
* Julia Blase; University of Denver; National Security Archive; to take a snapshot of all archive activities that involve the capture, preservation and publication of digital assets.
* Heidi Dowding; Wayne State University; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; to identify an institutional solution for long-term digital asset management, conduct research on a variety of software systems and draft an institutional policy for the appraisal and selection of content destined for preservation.
* Maureen Harlow; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; National Library of Medicine; create a collection of web content on a specific theme or topic of interest such as medicine and art or the e-patient movement.
* Jaime McCurry; Long Island University; Folger Shakespeare Library; to establish local routines and best practices for archiving and preserving the institution’s digital content.
* Lee Nilsson; Eastern Washington University; Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives; to analyze the future risk of obsolescence to digital formats used at the Library and work with Library staff to develop an action plan to prevent the risks.
* Margo Padilla; San Jose State University, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; to create and share a research report for access models and collection interfaces for born-digital literary materials. She will also submit recommendations for access policies for born-digital collections.
* Emily Reynolds; University of Michigan; The World Bank Group; to facilitate and coordinate the eArchives digitization project, resulting in the creation of a digitized and cataloged historical collection of key archival materials representing more than 60 years of global development work.
* Molly Schwartz; University of Maryland; Association of Research Libraries; to strengthen and expand a new initiative on digital accessibility in research libraries by incorporating a universal design approach to library collections and services.
* Erica Titkemeyer; New York University; Smithsonian Institution Archives; to identify the specialized digital and curatorial requirements of time-based media art and establish a benchmark of best practices to ensure that institution’s archives will stand the test of time.
* Lauren Work; University of Washington; Public Broadcasting Service; to develop and apply evaluation tools, define selection criteria and outline recommended workflows needed to execute a successful analog digitization initiative for the PBS moving image collection.