2019 PRESERVATION TIPS
In honor of Preservation Week and the 30th Anniversary of the Preservation Standing Committee, the Committee introduced a monthly feature, the “Preservation Tip of the Month,” in April 2013. The monthly tip, sent as an e-mail via the TS-SIS discussion list, highlights tricks, resources, and collections to help you reach your preservation goals.
Instead of a resource, the Preservation Committee would like to share some winter cheer (and examples of another institution’s preservation work!) for the final tip of 2019. Enjoy the New York Public Library Digital Collections’ holiday and New Year’s historical postcard collections. We hope that these beautiful works put you all in the holiday spirit, as well as provide inspiration for preservation projects in the new year!
If you’re looking for more technical guides to digitization, check out DT Cultural Heritage’s previously recorded webinars and knowledge center, which offers detailed information on best practices according to FADGI Guidelines. Additional services that may be of interest include online classes for Digitization Certification, as well as free tune-ups for select equipment in major East Coast cities.
Want to see some of the exciting projects and interesting finds that colleagues at other institutions are working on? Aiming to add more preservation to your Twitter feed? Why not check out some academic libraries preservation departments’ Twitter accounts for updates on their current work, examples of their strangest discoveries and most fascinating artifacts, and some of the techniques that their staff use to maintain their collections.
- University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries Conservation Lab
- Wallace Conservation Lab at Michigan State University Libraries
- University of Virginia Libraries Preservation Services
- Preservation and Digitization at Duke University Libraries
- Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries
- NYU Libraries’ Preservation Department
- Preservation at Northwestern University Libraries
Mark your calendars! The Northeast Document Conversation Center (NEDCC) has a series of free webinars starting in November on applying to grants for preservation assistance. The webinars cover both applying to general preservation grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as more specialized applications for audio preservation and reformatting. It’s never too early to start thinking about what dream projects could become a reality!
The Library of Congress recently released the 2019-2020 revision of their Recommended Formats Statement. Of particular note are the updates to the “Moving Image Works” and “Audio Works” categories. If you have any questions, or comments on the statement, please don’t hesitate to share your feedback. Perhaps they will be valuable for next year’s revision!
Summer is a time when many of us embark on ambitious preservation projects. But for all our grand ideas and meticulous planning, mistakes or problems will inevitably occur at some point – if not during this project, then the next!
If you want to be prepared for any and all potential speed bumps in an upcoming digital preservation project, or are looking to commiserate after your own unexpected disaster, check out the #digitalarchivesfail series on SAA’s bloggERS. Each of the posts features a real life story detailing a different type of “failure”, from metadata errors to hardware malfunctions, and most importantly: how these setbacks were overcome and what lessons were learned in the process.
This month, the Preservation Committee would like to highlight another resource of collective wisdom: the American Institute for Conservation’s wiki page. It is a vast and detailed source for many kinds of preservation and conservation knowledge: from comparing different types of supplies and materials, how to care for a variety of materials, the newest conservation research and literature, health and safety practices, and more. If you’re interested in lending some of your own expertise by contributing, don’t hesitate to follow the steps in the “Getting Started” section of the homepage!
The PASIG (Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group) met from February 12-14 in Mexico City. Kelly Bolding from Princeton University has an excellent recap of the programs on SAA’s ERS blog. Conference presentation slides from this meeting and past years are also available.
It’s that time of the year again- ALCTS Preservation Week 2019 is April 21-April 27! Even if your position doesn’t involve preservation duties, this year’s webinars on preserving family history and keepsakes may be personally relevant. Be sure to also check out the advice column “Dear Donia”, for answers to fascinating questions submitted by ALCTS members to preservation expert Donia Conn.
Many of us listen to all kinds of podcasts on a daily basis. Some many even create podcasts of our own, whether they are library resources for your patrons or just a fun hobby. But have you considered how to safeguard these digital files against loss and digital decay? Preserve This Podcast is a project funded by the Mellon Foundation, hosted through the Metropolitan New York Library Council, and lead by a team of archivists. Their ongoing work includes producing a zine workbook, a podcast series (of course!), surveys on podcast preservation practices, and workshops/conference panels in a variety of cities around the United States.
ALCTS is hosting a two part live webinar: Digital Preservation: Audiovisual Edition. The first part will be held on February 27th, 2019 and the second on March 13th, 2019. Whether you are embarking on an AV digitization project or want a refresher on technical aspects of preserving born digital materials, the series may have something of interest!
If your New Year’s resolution is to refresh your preservation knowledge, we’ve got you covered! To start off 2019, the Preservation Committee has a list of upcoming free/low cost webinars from some new and previously highlighted sites and resources. It’s never too early to start planning!