Preservation Management and Metadata: Two Opportunities for Professional Development at METRO

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METRO is pleased to offer two upcoming opportunities for librarians, archivists, and museum professionals to add to their traditional and digital preservation skill sets this season. Please read on for more details:

Preservation Management Fundamentals for Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions
November 30 and December 1; 10am-4pm
Instructor: Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital and Preservation Services
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This workshop will help attendees build their preservation program.  It covers preservation program basics including environmental control, disaster preparedness and recovery, collections care and storage issues, digitization and digital preservation basics, and grantwriting/fundraising basics for preservation and digitization projects.

Who should attend:
Staff and administration from libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums that do not have a preservation plan or want to expand their preservation policies and program will benefit from attending this session.

Preservation Metadata: The Cornerstone of Long-Term Digital Preservation Practices
December 7; 10am-4pm
Instructor: Rebecca Guenther, Consultant, Senior Network Specialist at Library of Congress (Retired)
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To preserve digital content for the long term requires the preserving institution to know key pieces of technical and structural information about the data.  Preservation metadata is the information you need to know to manage, use, and understand your valuable digital assets into the future. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, the key standard in this area, and how it is being implemented world-wide.  Topics will include an introduction to the PREMIS data model, an examination of the Data Dictionary, and its implementation in XML and METS within the context of  larger digital library issues. Current trends in PREMIS implementations will be covered, including its use as Linked Data in the Semantic Web. A review of selected implementations will highlight use cases and issues for preservation planners to consider. There will be ample time for open discussion of implementation issues. Participants already using PREMIS are encouraged to  contribute by presenting information about their own implementations and issues encountered.

Who should attend:
Librarians, archivists and others interested in implementing metadata for the long-term management and preservation of their digital information, or those already involved in planning an implementation.
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