Speaker Sibyl Schaefer
Sibyl Schaefer is the Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center where she oversees the adoption of tools and technologies to assist in the care of archival materials. One of her main tasks is to increase the technological proficiency of archivists throughout the institution in order to fully ...
Sibyl Schaefer is the Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center where she oversees the adoption of tools and technologies to assist in the care of archival materials. One of her main tasks is to increase the technological proficiency of archivists throughout the institution in order to fully integrate digital and traditional archival practices, including the development of supporting policies, forensic workflows, and training initiatives to support digitized and born digital materials. She also manages other digital services that support archival endeavors, including digitization projects and archival access, request, and description systems.Schaefer previously served as the Metadata Librarian for the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives and as the User Services Liaison on the Archivists’ Toolkit project out of New York University.
Schaefer has an MLIS with a specialization in Archival Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently is Chair of the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council and is a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Committee. She was previously elected to co-chair for the ALA Digital Preservation Interest Group and has provided consulting services on digital preservation issues.
The first step in constructing a digital preservation program is to create a business case explaining why such a program is necessary and outlining the risks of doing nothing. Part of creating a successful business case involves understanding what drivers appeal to different types of organizations and what types of digital materials they already manage.
This class outlines the process of creating a business case for a digital preservation program in various types of institutions. Participants will be led through hands-on exercises to gain familiarity with the different elements of creating a convincing business case, including surveying stakeholders, creating a digital inventory, and making recommendations. A discussion of the components necessary for a sustainable digital preservation program will also be presented.
This is not an introductory class on digital preservation; some knowledge of digital preservation challenges and techniques will be helpful.
Who should attend:
- Individuals responsible for or involved with creating digital preservation programs in their institution
- Those interested in leaning more about creating sustainable digital preservation programs
By the end of this program, participants will:
- Be able to create a business case for digital preservation within their organizations
- Be able to undertake an inventory of their digital materials
- Be knowledgable about the key elements of sustaining digital preservation programs.
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