Long gone are the days when a shoebox full of photographs under the bed was considered sufficient safekeeping. In contrast, today’s “digital shoebox” takes the form of carriers such as SD cards, USB drives and online Flickr albums. But how dependable are these tools? How does one keep digital files useful and findable for the long-term? This session will share tips and strategies for personal digital archiving, such as identifying file types, weeding collections, using file-naming schemes, and choosing reliable storage options. Attendees will learn the basics of caring for digital memories in various formats, for long-term use and fundability.
Please join the William H. Hannon Library for a free 2-hour workshop by Mary Wahl, Digital Services Librarian at California State University. The workshop will be followed by a free tour of the Laband's "Clay to Cloud: The Internet Archive and Our Digital Legacy" exhibition with curator Carolyn Peter. Light snacks will be served.
Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (the exhibition tour will follow)
Location: Von der Ahe Family Suite (Level 3) - William H. Hannon Library
9:30a - 10:15: Caring for your "Digital Shoebox" - Part 1
10:15 - 10:30: Break / Samples Table (Archival product samples)
10:30 - 11:15: Caring for your "Digital Shoebox" - Part 2
11:15 - 11:30: Break / Walk to Laband
11:30 - 12:30: Private tour of Laband's Internet Archive exhibit "Clay to the Cloud."
Mary Wahl is Digital Services Librarian at California State University, Northridge where she works with various metadata, cataloging and streaming media projects. She has extensive experience working with digital assets, ranging from digital preservation to description and arrangement of born-digital collections. She also specializes in time-based media collections and has worked in conservation and preservation of film, video and audio in both analog and digital formats. Mary holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Film & Television from Chapman University.
(photo credit: Christiaan Colen on flickr, CC by-sa)