Worried about how your library will tackle digital preservation? Dealing with writing policies and procedures around stewarding your digital collections? Take a one-day course on April 5th to learn the basics:

Title: Digital Preservation: Key Concepts and Tools
When: April 5, 2019, 9am-4pm
Instructor: Grant Hurley, Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal
Minimum/maximum participants: 10 minimum and 20 maximum
Cost: $100 (student AAO member); $150 (AAO member); $240 (non-member)
AAO-PDC facilitator: Mary Kosta
Other: Refreshments will be provided but participants will are responsible for their own lunch.

Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the key concepts, standards, practices and tools involved in ensuring that digital materials (both born-digital and digitized) remain accessible into the future. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the key standards and concepts in the field and will be followed by a demonstration and discussion of the variety of tools that are used to perform digital preservation tasks. The workshop is intended for individuals who are unfamiliar with digital preservation work and would like an introduction to its basic components. Please note that the workshop will not focus on digitization, but will provide tools for participants to preserve the outputs of digitization activities.

  • Students will become familiar with the key standards and practices that inform digital preservation work and the components of a successful digital preservation program.
  • Students will see demonstrations of various open source tools used for digital preservation processing tasks, including transfer and capture, file format identification, and normalization.
  • Students will become familiar with the digital preservation processing tool Archivematica, which links together many of the key functions and standards discussed during the workshop.
  • Students will participate in activities to identify strategies for building digital preservation capacity at their organizations.

Instructor bio: Grant Hurley is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal, the information technology service for the Ontario Council of University Libraries. He oversees digital preservation services, including the Scholars Portal Trusted Digital Repository and the Permafrost hosted digital preservation project. He holds a Dual Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. He currently serves on the board of the Alcuin Society, and on the Canadian Standards Board Committee on Electronic Records and Image Management.

Location: Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York, ON