Author: Bill LeFurgy

Learning About (and Contributing to) Digital Preservation Outreach

This is a guest post by Ingrid Jernudd, a volunteer with NDIIPP. I am a senior at Stanford University who is pursuing a degree in psychology. In the past I have worked for a public relations firm, worked on planning events and with community outreach for Stanford Dining, and been a research assistant in psychology […]

Content Matters: An Interview with Staff from the National Park Service

This is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Lead and Co-Chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group. In this installment of the Content Matters series of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group we’re featuring an interview with staff from the U.S. National Park […]

3 Things to Change the World for Personal Digital Archiving

I am relentlessly optimistic about the future of personal digital archiving. There is simply too much at stake, in my mind, to feel anything but hopeful. Let’s face it, though: it’s hard. A well-regarded expert who has spent years studying personal digital habits tells me that people just won’t invest time and effort to preserve […]

Picturing the Democratization of Digital Stewardship

When we first started promoting personal archiving on our website a couple of years ago, the topics was fairly new. The efforts of major institutions to preserve and make available digital content were well-known, of course, but the idea of doing something similar for personal material was embryonic. Since then, attention to what can be […]

Someone Help: A Personal Digital Un-Archive

We don’t usually repost other’s content here, but this graphic is such a perfect illustration about the challenge of personal digital archiving that it deserves special attention. It’s from Doghouse Diaries.

10 Resources for Community Digital Archives

We write frequently on this blog about the value of personal digital archiving–empowering people to pass on digital memories to their families and others. We’ve always seen public libraries as key allies in promoting personal archiving, and have highlighted libraries that undertake outreach and training in this area. There is a related role for public libraries and […]

Moving on Up: Web Archives Collection Has a New Presentation Home

This is a Guest Post by Abbie Grotke, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Lead and Co-Chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group. We’re excited to finally announce something a team of Library staff has been involved with for over a year now – a big project to integrate the Library’s web archives […]

Word Processing: The Enduring Killer App

I started writing before computers were commonly available. But, unlike some who are nostalgic for the era of pen and ink, I feel only joy about relying on machines in my struggle to communicate with written language. My handwriting was inelegant from the start. I never bothered to ask if neatness counted, because it didn’t […]

Working With Digital File Formats: A Dream Job

This is a guest post by Kate Murray, Audio-Visual Specialist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. I suppose I’ve always loved puzzles. There are the standard jigsaw and board game varieties – who doesn’t love a good game of Carcassonne?  – but I see puzzles in many different environments. I see them in patterns for knitting […]

Hardware Matters

My colleague Leslie Johnston blogged last week about computer hardware preservation and declared a change of opinion on the subject. Her motivation came as a result of discussions at a recent Library of Congress invitational meeting, Preserving.exe: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software. I attended the same meeting and also changed my opinion–but in the […]