ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group

Report and Presentations from the Digital Preservation Interest Group meeting at ALA Midwinter 2013 Seattle

  • 1.  Report and Presentations from the Digital Preservation Interest Group meeting at ALA Midwinter 2013 Seattle

    Posted Feb 12, 2013 01:55 PM

    After a brief business meeting, four talks were presented.

    *Lots of Copies keep Docs Safe: Using LOCKSS to create distributed digital government information depositories* - James Jacobs, Stanford University's Green Library and Amanda Wakaruk, University of Alberta Libraries

    This presentation will describe the LOCKSS model of digital preservation and why that model is beneficial to apply to the realm of digital government information, describe the USDOCS Private LOCKSS Network (USDocsPLN and the Canadian Government Information Private LOCKSS Network, what we're currently preserving and what our next steps will be.

    *An overview of recent publications about managing born-digital materials* - Erin O'Meara, Gates Archive (presented by Sibyl Schaefer)

    This talk will give a brief overview of recent publications aimed at providing guidance and statistics on the handling of born-digital materials. These include the ARL SPEC Kit 329: Managing Born-Digital Materials in Special Collections and Archival Materials (, OCLC's two new publications on Demystifying Born Digital (, and a few publications that are forthcoming. The talk will look at the current push for practical guidance and energizing all repositories to assess their holdings and make basic steps to preserve born-digital materials.

    *Preserving AutoCAD Files at the University of Montana* - Sam Meister, University of Montana- Missoula

    At The University of Montana Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections department we have recently acquired materials from a local architecture firm, including a set of digital files created using the AutoCAD design software. In collaboration with my colleagues, I plan to investigate emulation in parallel with a format migration based preservation strategy for these files, as we determine which strategy will both meet user needs, and be achievable in relation to our specific resource environment as a medium-sized university library. I will discuss the process of acquiring these materials including the use of a donor survey instrument, conducting a feasibility assessment, and utilizing digital forensics tools during initial processing. In addition, I will also discuss the landscape of existing best practices and guidance for preserving and providing access to Computer Aided Design and 3D digital objects, and how we are integrating these best practices into our local context and strategy.

    *A Repository Year: Planning and Implementing a Digital Repository at the Computer History Museum* - Paula Jabloner, Computer History Museum and Katerine Kott, consultant

    In fall 2011, the Computer History Museum received a grant from to develop a prototype digital repository within one year. This presentation will describe the processes used to set up the prototype as well as lessons learned. The Computer History Museum holds diverse digital collections--from in-house produced high definition video to legacy software. The size and diversity of the collections present particular challenges, especially for a small organization.

    With a focus on creating functional requirements, selecting repository software, selecting storage infrastructure, and implementation challenges, the presentation will be of interest to smaller cultural heritage organizations with limited resources. Larger organizations such as academic research libraries that provide support to museums, archives, and special collections may also find this information useful.