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Thursday, October 24 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation

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The cultural heritage community has engaged with environmental sustainability in many areas, but is only beginning to explore the sustainability concerns of digital preservation activities. Building off of a recent American Archivist article (“Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”: https://doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081-82.1.165 or http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:40741399), in which the authors argue that truly sustainable practice will come only from critical examination of the underlying motivations and assumptions of current digital preservation practices, the workshop facilitators will introduce the sustainability framework proposed by the authors and then break into small, participant-driven groups for attendees to evaluate their organization’s digital preservation policies and practices. 

After the introduction, participants will split into discussion groups, each of which will focus on one of the three major areas from the article: appraisal, permanence, or availability. Using the paradigm shift framework presented in the article, participants will explore options for creating environmentally sustainable digital preservation while continuing to meet our organizational missions. Following the discussion, participants will identify areas in which they can implement environmental sustainability principles at their organizations (including how to integrate these principles into policies and procedures), identify areas for further research, and work together to create action plans and strategies for continued advocacy.

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Tim Walsh

Digital Preservation Librarian, Concordia University Library
Tim Walsh is a digital preservationist and software developer based in Montreal. He works as the Digital Preservation Librarian at Concordia University Library. Prior to joining Concordia, Tim established a digital archives and digital preservation program at the Canadian Centre for... Read More →
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Laura Alagna

Digital Preservation Librarian, Northwestern University
Laura Alagna is the digital preservation librarian at Northwestern University Libraries, where she develops and implements policies and workflows for preserving born-digital and digitized content. Her research interests include repository interoperability, sustainability in digital... Read More →
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Keith Pendergrass

Digital Archivist, Harvard Business School
Keith Pendergrass is the digital archivist for Baker Library Special Collections at Harvard Business School, where he develops and oversees born-digital content workflows. He is also the Library's representative on the HBS Green Team, a School-wide staff group coordinating grassroots... Read More →

Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall