Sunday, April 28, 2013

And the Winner is ...

Thanks to those who entered the drawing for Pursuing Preservation. Using the random number generator at the randomly selected winner is Leslie A. Norman!

Leslie, I have no idea who you are so if you could contact me at ksdriedger at yahoo dot com I can get your info and send you your book.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Preservation Week Prizes

It is ALA's Preservation Week and I've figured out how Library Preservation 2 will participate. With Prizes!

What better way to celebrate all things preservation than with a chance to join an elite few and win your very own copy of Pursuing Preservation? (Okay, there are probably many better ways to celebrate all thing preservation but none of those involve my blog or my book.)

To enter for your chance to win all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post. You needn't say anything more profound than "hey" or "I want that book sooo much."

One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped within the continental USA.

(I'll admit that this is kind a lame way to participate in Preservation Week. I hope that you and your associated libraries are doing some less lame things to help keep colleagues and the public aware and informed of preservation issues.)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Preservation Week coming up

ALA's Preservation Week is next week - April 21-27, 2013. I have no special plans for this blog to participate in Preservation Week (although I am always open to inspiration.) During last year's week I had the very successful Student Edition of my Portraits in Preservation project. I am, however, finally doing something in my official work capacity to participate in the festivities.

The Michigan Collections Network, and the Library of Michigan will be presenting two webinars. I will be hosting both - and presenting in one. Both webinars are free, but registration is required. They will also be recorded for later viewing.

Doing Digital Preservation at GVSU, Monday, April 22 at 1 pm
Max Eckard, Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian at Grand Valley State University will provide a case study demonstrating how his institution manages digital preservation. Topics will include workflow, working with various media types, incorporating OAIS, and the various tools they use. Register.

Rolled, Soiled, and Sour: Conservation Tips and Tricks, Wednesday, April 24 at 1 pm
Nicole Garrett, Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Albion College will demonstrate constructing and using an inexpensive humidity chamber to help flatten rolled documents. Kevin Driedger, Librarian for Conservation and Digitization will cover related topics such as cleaning, deacidifying, and encapsulating documents, as well as constructing a box for large rolled items like maps. Register

I'll also be attending the first meeting of the Digital Preservation Practitioners Group on Apr. 24.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Teaching Digital Preservation, Digitally

Over the last three weeks I've been leading a three-part webinar series introducing digital preservation. Last year, I was selected to attend a week-long train-the-trainer event put on by the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program of the Library of Congress. Quoting from the website:
The DPOE mission is to foster national outreach and education about digital preservation by building a collaborative network of instructors and partners to provide training to individuals and organizations seeking to preserve their digital content. 
Over the week I was trained in their curriculum, and by participating in this training I, and my employer, agreed to provide at least one training session.

Like many of my colleagues I chose to provide my training via webinar. I chose that medium for a couple reasons: it has the potential to reach more people than a live session (plus it can be recorded and accessed later); plus the curriculum consists of six modules and covering less than the six modules felt incomplete, but doing all six in one live event felt like a lot - and really hard to keep engaging. I did three hour-long webinars.

It was the first webinar that I lead, but I've attended many so I have a bit of an idea of what I like. Intending no disrespect to the people who created the curriculum, it takes some work to make the content lively and engaging. I'm not sure I succeeded on either count. For the 2nd session I decided to add live video of me which I think helped make the experience a little more personal and engaging for the viewer.

I still don't feel like a grand digital preservation expert, although teaching a topic is always a great way to learn a topic.

You can view the recordings of the webinars online:
Session 1: Identify and Select (File download does not work for this session, but all files are included in the 3rd session.)
Session 2: Store and Protect