Creating Adaptable Digital Preservation Workflows

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Libraries are scaling up their digitization, digital scholarship, digital archiving, and data management programs. All of this effort could be lost to a major failure of technology, a shift in administrative priorities, or a loss of institutional memory. The loss would not be just the materials themselves, but also the resources used to build and promote these collections to users. This issue of Library Technology Reports will help libraries create transparent and enduring digital preservation workflows that will help them maintain consistent and transparent practices when acquiring, accessioning, stabilizing, processing, providing access to, and preserving their digital materials.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Workflow Basics

Chapter 3: Acquisition Workflow

Chapter 4: Accessioning and Stabilization Workflow

Chapter 5: Processing Workflow

Chapter 6: Access Workflow

Chapter 7: Maintaining Digital Materials over Time

Chapter 8: Conclusion

Erin Baucom

Erin Baucom is an assistant professor and the digital archivist at the University of Montana. She is responsible for developing strategies, workflows, and policies for ingest, management, and preservation of born-digital materials acquired archives. She provides digital asset management instruction to the students, faculty and staff of the University. She earned her master’s degree in library science with a concentration in archives and records management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. She also holds a BA in history from Old Dominion University.

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