Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Digital Collecting Capabilities: managing born digital collections [Dunedin]

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30am
University of Otago
Hocken Collections
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A workshop co-sponsored by the Alexander Turnbull Library, ARANZ, and LIANZA

Has your institution found itself in a situation where a donor has offered a trove of significant Office documents and digital photographs stored on her hard drive? Is an important department ready to transfer records of long-term value from a file server to the archives? Have you discovered a collection of old floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs in the stacks, but have no idea what’s on them or how to look after them and their content? Has a professor dropped off an external hard drive and DVDs with video footage from a symposium featuring nationally recognized participants, but you’re not sure where to start?

This one-day course will introduce you to basic principles, resources, and tools for working with born digital archival material. It will help you establish workflows and procedures to enable your institution to successfully management common born-digital materials (Office documents, PDFs, images, audio, video, and email).

Outcomes: Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

·         Discuss key digital curation principles as they relate to working with born digital collections.

·         Understand current practices, resources, and tools for ingest and accession of born digital materials.

·         Develop policies and workflows that meet your institution’s needs.

Prerequisites: Attendees should hold born digital archival material in their institution (as opposed to digitized versions of paper/analogue items), and ideally be able to bring a sample collection to work with during the workshop. Attendees should have access to a laptop with wireless connectivity and the ability to independently download and install applications to the laptop. (Prior to the workshop a list of applications will be circulated.)

Who should attend: Practitioners in cultural heritage organisations looking in increase their digital capabilities, knowledge and skill in handling born-digital materials. As well as IT professionals working in cultural heritage who seek to better understand archival concerns.

Facilitators: Alexander Turnbull Library Digital Archivists Leigh Rosin and Jessica Moran will lead the workshop.

Leigh Rosin is the Senior Digital Archivist at the National Library of New Zealand and has been providing personal digital archiving and digital literacy training since 2006. Leigh is responsible for the acquisition, ingest and management of born digital heritage collections. She is dedicated to the long term preservation of digital collections and works closely with the National Digital Heritage Archive programme, contributing to digital preservation policy and preservation planning.

Jessica Moran is a digital archivist and currently Acting Digital Collections Services Team Leader at the National Library of New Zealand. She has worked to help other libraries and archives get started with managing born digital collections and ensuring that our diverse digital heritage is preserved. Prior to moving to New Zealand four years ago she has worked in university, special, and government libraries and archives in California, including most recently the California State Archives.

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