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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 forthcoming (June 2019) article in American Archivist, 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, we 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. Participants will challenge each other to identify areas in which they can implement environmental sustainability principles at their organizations, working together to create action plans and strategies for continued advocacy. Additionally, we will encourage participants to identify areas for further research. Each group would focus on one of the four major areas from the article: stopgap technical solutions, appraisal, permanence, or availability. Depending on group dynamics, the groups would either rotate topics or we would encourage fluid participant movement between groups. We envision that the learning from this workshop will continue beyond BUF, with participants maintaining contact to follow up on action plan implementation and to pursue areas of further research. We plan to share the slidedeck and workshop protocol so that others can run the workshop at their organization, regional meeting, or conference.

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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
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

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