23 January 2019 | 12:45-16:30 London | Senate House


Event Description

The DPC with support from the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London, the ARA, the IRMS, and DPC Supporters, is pleased to invite students and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a half day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.

The conference will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. Next, a group of invited speakers will reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.


12:45 Registration Opens

13:15 Getting Started with Digital Preservation – Sharon McMeekin, DPC

14:00 What I Wish I Knew - Digital Preservation Professionals

Matthew Addis - Arkivum

Adrian Brown - Parliamentary Archives

Glenn Cumiskey - British Museum

Edith Halvarsson - Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Round Table with the Afternoon’s Speakers

16:30 Thanks and Close

This Conference Will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants

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