Category: Personal Archiving

WITNESS: Digital Preservation (in Plain Language) as a Tool for Justice

Some of you information professionals may have experienced incidents where, in the middle of a breezy conversation, you get caught off guard  by a question about your work (“What do you do?”) and you struggle to come up with a straightforward, clear answer without losing the listener’s attention or narcotizing them into a stupor with […]

Preserving Your Personal Memories: Students Create Workshop on Photo Archiving

The following is a guest post by Lea Harrison, Lindsey Bright & Michelle Datiles, all graduate students in the digital curation class of Dr. Jane Zhang, Catholic University of America Inspired by the Library of Congress’ Personal Digital Archiving initiatives, our small team of three Catholic University of America grad students in the Library & […]

Digital Archiving: Making It Personal at the Public Library

The following is a guest post from Samantha Thomason,  web developer at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and chair of the Virginia Library Association’s Local History, Genealogy and Oral History Forum.  Because personal digital archiving covers so much territory — from scanning to cloud storage to estate planning — it is easy to […]

A Report On the Personal Digital Archiving 2014 Conference

Cinda May, a key organizer of the Personal Digital Archiving 2014 conference, is one of a growing number of information professionals helping to digitally preserve personal and community history. May, chair of Special Collections at Indiana State University Library, is a co-creator of the Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project and, as such, she […]

Public Service Libraries and Personal Digital Archiving

The Texas Library Association Annual Conference started earlier this week, and I’ll be heading out there on Friday April 11 to participate in an interactive session with the TLA’s Digital Libraries Roundtable on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and some of NDIIPP’s initiatives related to Personal Digital Archiving. Our parents and grandparents saved hand-written diaries, […]

Personal Digital Archiving 2014

The fifth annual Personal Digital Archiving conference is on April 10-11 and you can still register online until tomorrow, April 1. This conference attracts a variety of information-technology professionals with a range of digital-preservation interests, mainly oriented toward the needs of individuals rather than the digital collections of cultural institutions. Topics include – but are […]

What Could Curation Possibly Mean?

My colleague Trevor Owens wrote a great blog post entitled “What Do you Mean by Archive?” This led to a follow-up discussion where I publicly announced on Facebook that I wanted to write about the term “curation.”  Its seemingly widespread use in popular culture in the past 4-5 years has fascinated me. Every time I […]

Things to Know About Personal Digital Archiving 2014

Personal Digital Archiving 2014 will be held at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10-11, 2014.  This is THE conference that raises awareness among individuals, public institutions and private companies engaged in the creation, preservation and ongoing use of personal digital content.  A key overarching topic will be how libraries, archives and other […]

When it Comes to Keepsakes, What’s the Difference Between Physical and Digital?

I’m cleaning out my office in preparation for retiring on March 7. I’ve accumulated a few mementos during my career, and moving them out stirs up memories. One of my favorite keepsakes is a framed 1986 poster from the National Archives and Records Administration that proclaims “Our Records, Your Responsibilities.” It offers little in the […]

11 Great Digital Preservation Photos for 2013

Curiously, most of us in the digital memory business are hesitant to visually document our own work. Possibly this has to do with the perceived nature of the enterprise, which involves tasks that may seem routine.  But pictures tell an important story, and I set about finding a few that depicted some of the digital preservation […]