In May, the University of Michigan Library hosted the Personal Digital Archiving 2016 conference, which gathered experts in the preservation of personal digital material from across the country and globe. While we had all of these experts in town, we thought it would be a great opportunity to have some of them participate in a session that is free and open to the public. Here are some details of the program:
Frances Harrell, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Digital Life Preservers
Frances will open the panel with a presentation on basic preservation approaches to digital content. Her discussion will cover the major risks to personal digital collections and the strategies for preventing permanent loss. The presentation will include methods for identifying, organizing, and storing digital photos, videos, documents, and other personal digital content.
Frances Harrell is a Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She provides preservation assistance to small and medium-sized cultural heritage institutions through assessments, consulting, education, and outreach. She serves as Co-Chair of the Digital Preservation Interest Group for ALA ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section and is a member of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable for New England Archivists. She also represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee. She received an MLIS from Simmons College GSLIS and a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida, and has worked in both development and collections management.
Brianna Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Modern Memorykeeping: From Digital to Tangible
Brianna will explore modern memorykeeping techniques for documenting individuals' and families' lives, connecting the hard work of managing digital photographs with the creation of albums that can be shared and enjoyed. She will frame this talk in the context of how she has created different types of physical albums from her digital collections, an increasingly overwhelming task as the amount of digital photographs we take grows.
Brianna Marshall is a librarian and technologist interested in developing library services to support research and scholarship. She currently works as the Digital Curation Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin‐Madison, where she leads the interdisciplinary group Research Data Services and manages UW's institutional repository. Brianna is also a scrapbooker, 2015 Project Life creative team member, and de facto archivist and digital stuff wrangler for her family.
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, ProQuest
Sharing the Family Story: Omeka and Access Omeka and Access
In December 2014, Christiane's father presented her with a box of black and white family photographs ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Christiane will discuss how she made a website using the Omeka software. Her discussion will include an overview of scanning equipment, privacy issues with regards to living family members in the photos, filling in gaps in biographical knowledge, and feedback/pushback from family members.
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett considers herself an archival nomad; over the past six years, she's worked as a project archivist for the State of Michigan, an archival consultant for the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Tennessee and is currently an Electronic Content Analyst at ProQuest. She also volunteers on a monthly basis at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan as a cataloger/archivist. Christiane has served on the Michigan Archival Association Board since 2014 and also serves as co-editor for Open Entry, MAA’s biannual publication. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Sociology in 2008 from the University of Tennessee - Martin and graduated in 2010 from the University of Michigan with a Masters of Science in Information, where she specialized in Archives & Records Management and Preservation of Information.
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Personal Digital Archiving: Preserving and Sharing in a Digital World