Digital Preservation Resources

The field of digital preservation is, as one colleague recently pointed out, still very experimental. However there is a wealth of documentation and support coming from the community. Following up on my previous post about the NEDCC Digital Directions workshop, here is a summary list of the tools and resources mentioned at the session.

Digital preservation workflow at the most basic level.

Digital Curation
Attributes of Trusted Digital Repositories, OCLC 2002

Open Archival Information System, CCSDS 2003, 2012

Overview: What is Digital Curation?

DCC Lifecycle Model (University of Edinburgh)


Access and Reuse: Examples and Networks

Rijksstudio in Amsterdam

Serendip-o-matic: Let Your Sources Surprise You

Established collaboration networks:
Chronopolis — Digital Preservation Across Space & Time
Mirador a complimentary interface for searching IIIF-compliant collections


Project Planning & Management

Handbook for Digital Projects, [PDF, 1.4 Mb] Paul Conway, NEDCC, 2000

IMLS National Grant Application – useful framework for organizing thoughts and plans, even if not applying for funding

Project management tools: Basecamp, Microsoft Project, Zohoprojects

Task management tools: Asana, Trello


Guidelines and Best Practices

Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) (general)

FADGI: Audio-Visual Working Group

Guide to Developing a Request for Proposal for the Digitization of Video (and more), AVPreserve


Evaluation and Quality Assurance

AVPreserve: Tools

FADGI Guidelines

Embedded Metadata in Broadcast WAVE Files

Minimal Descriptive Embedded Metadata in Digital Still Images

Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET)

Format Characteristics and Preservation Problems


Case Study: California Audiovisual Preservation Project (on the Internet Archive)

Preservation Management Resources

CALIPR – Automated tool for preservation needs assessment

CAVPP Workflow Overview [PDF, 172Kb] – similar to a statement of work

Notes from NELIG 2012

New England Library Instruction Group Annual Meeting
June 1, 2012

Keynote: The ERIAL Project
Andrew Asher, PhD – Lead Research Anthropologist

The Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries project provides a rich and detailed look into the behavior habits of academic library patrons.

The study was conducted using a common core of research questions and methods:

  • How do students find and use information to write research papers?
  • How do faculty and librarians work with students?
  • How do students get help and work through the process?

My major takeaways from Andrew’s talk were:

  • user behavior can and should influence space design
  • we should be cognizant of the way that we teach information literacy concepts (teaching skills not tools)
  • libraries play an important role as social spaces, as tools embedded in a web of social relationships


Breakout Session: The Research Tracker Tool
Laura Weber and Jacalyn Kremer, Fairfield University

The Research Tracker Tool began as a “research plan” on paper, and has since developed into a more sophisticated tool.


  • Can be used independently or during in-class instruction
  • Provides a good start to the research process because it is interactive, and gives students the idea of the entire research and writing process as an iterative one
  • When used fully and effectively, students can independently navigate the research process and avoid last-minute panic


  • Difficulty aligning the in-class training with the timing of the assignment
  • The calculation for progress milestones and due dates is helpful but may not be realistic given students’ tendencies to procrastinate

Next steps

  • Customize the tools to specific assignments
  • Add “literature review” and “annotated bibliography” steps to the timeline
  • Develop an open-source (non-branded) version for use at other institutions


Crowd-Sourcing the Librarian Perspective
Pete Coco, Wheaton College and Hazel McClure, Grand Valley State University

The Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design is designed to help faculty better integrate information literacy outcomes into research assignments. To develop the document, the creators studied faculty assignments and attempted to schematize well-guided assignments and to understand what makes them successful.  In the process they defined four aspects to the assignment design: clarity, rationale, process, and library involvement.

The project began with a faculty-development workshop, and was well received. The developers asked faculty their opinion of the rubric as it was being developed. When it was completed, the librarians had a document that they could bring to other meetings and conversations with faculty and administrators.

A Creative Commons license makes the rubric available for reuse.


The Rubric for Assignment Design is definitely my biggest take-away from the conference; a tool I can implement in my own practice of working with faculty. I am also looking forward to sharing this with other teaching librarians at my institution.

Notes from Video in the Library

Video in the Library: Trends and Best Practices – One Year Later

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sponsored by Library Journal and Alexander Street Press

The presenters at this webinar were very informative. Mr. Farrelly provided information that was especially relevant as my institution is considering the purchase of additional streaming content.  See the official event archive for copies of presenter’s slides, complete with citations and other details.

Deg Farrelly, Librarian, Arizona State University

Current state of video in libraries:

  • Many libraries only took in video under duress – the digital video medium is not widely adopted or supported in libraries despite the adoption of e-formats for books, articles, photographs.
  • The consumer market is frantically trying to monetize the streaming video market.
  • Stand-and-deliver lecture format is changing to allow asynchronous learning by students.

From Kaufman, P.B., & Mohan, J. (2009). Video use and higher education: options for the future. Intelligent Television.

  • 45% of faculty anticipate using more video
  • 43% cannot find ‘appropriate content’ for their courses
  • 45% are using content from commercial sites
  • only 23% are using content from the library

“Faculty are bypassing the library in order to find the content they need, in the format they need.”

From Primary Research Group (2010). Chapter 15: Audio Visual Materials. Survey of Academic Libraries.

  • Less than 1/3 are providing streaming video to their patrons.
  • 5 years ago streaming video was comparable to the state of e-journals 10 years previously

Issues affecting purchasing decisions include budget, confusion over access rights and the limitations of the technology, questions of perpetual access, and concern from publishers over their revenue stream.

Case Study: University of Arizona

  • Streaming collection of 7,000 titles
  • In one year (date to date) 250,000 uses (76% of collection) was used
  • The bulk of use was for the most popular 2000 titles, but ‘long-tail’ use of the majority of the collection was evident

Most librarians seem to be pushing for perpetuity rights.  More vendors are offering this model.

Keep an eye on the Federal Supreme Court case coming to argument on May 2, 2011 – UCLA’s choice to make use of analog collections to serve digital video.

Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President, Alexander Street Press

Expect to see many developments in the commercial market in the next year (new devices, increased sales, more vendors on the market).

Libraries and faculty are understanding much more the importance of video and first-person video artifacts (interviews, documentaries).

How to link streaming video collections?  Links between and among resources and streaming video collections fully embedded in discovery services.

Ancillary services:

  • Transcripts
  • Clip and bookmarking services
  • Creating playlists of multimedia sources (books, journals, video, and scores all together)

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