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Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving

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ISBN 9781783302666
Published November 30, 2017 by Facet Publishing
304 Pages


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Book Description

The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving helps to break down archival concepts and best practices into teachable solutions. Whether it’s a researcher needing to cull their most important email correspondence, or an empty-nester transferring home movies and photographs to more easily shared and mixed digital formats, this book will show you how to offer assistance.

The book offers:

  • explanations of common terms in plain language
  • quick, non-technical solutions to the most frequent user requests
  • guidance on how to archive Facebook posts, baby announcements, bar mitzvahs, weddings, and other life events
  • methods for capturing analog video from obsolete physical carriers, like MiniDV
  • proven workflows for public facing transfer stations
  • ways to help seniors plan digital estates as heirlooms and memory objects
  • a look at the 3-2-1 approach to backing up files
  • perspective on balancing core library values with the business goals of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other dominant platforms
  • additional resources and bibliographies for digging deep.

Featuring expert contributors working in a variety of contexts, this resource will help you help your users take charge of their personal materials.

Table of Contents

Preface, by Brianna Marshall

Introduction: Putting Personal Digital Archives in Context, by Chelsea Gunn

Part I: Learning About Personal Digital Archives Best Practices

1. Archiving Digital Photographs - Sarah Severson

2. Archiving Social Media - Melody Condron

3. Archiving Web Content - Cameron Cook

4. Archiving Audiovisual Materials -Yvonne Ng

5. Assess, Annotate, Export: Quick Recipes for Archiving Your Personal Digital Life – Jamie Wittenberg and Celia Emmelhainz

Part II: Personal Digital Archives and Public and Community Audiences

6. Washington, D.C. Public Library Memory Lab: A Case Study - Jaime Mears

7. Digitizing Memories and Teaching Information Literacy in Queens, NY - Natalie Milbrodt and Maggie Schreiner

8. Community-based Digital Archiving: The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal at Washington State University - Lotus Norton-Wisla and Michael Wynne

Part III: Personal Digital Archives and Academic Audiences

9. Personal Digital Archives Programming at Liberal Arts Colleges - Amy Bocko, Joanna DiPasquale, Rachel Appel, and Sarah Walden McGowan

10. Supporting Artists’ Personal Archives - Colin Post

11. Personal Digital Archives as a Bridge to Research Data Management - Sara Mannheimer and Ryer Banta

Part IV: Social and Ethical Implications of Personal Digital Archives

12. Avoiding the Gambit for Our Personal Archives - Matt Schultz

13. Digital Photos, Embedded Metadata, and Personal Privacy - Isaiah Beard

14. Black Folk Magic: An Autoethnography of Digitally Archiving Black Millennialhood - Camille Thomas

15. Contemporary Mourning and Digital Estates - Angela Galvan

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Brianna Marshall is Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison responsible for management, implementation, and outreach for data curation services for university faculty, staff, and students. She is editor of ebook The Hack Library School Guide to Library School and the Library Information Technology Association blog. She hold a Master of Library Science (MLS) and Master of Information Science (MIS) from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.