ASERL is pleased to again host a series of webinars to aid member
librarians, staff, and others in learning the basic tenets of digital
preservation.  The first series, offered in Spring 2012, continues to
attract repeated viewers via ASERL’s Vimeo channel (see ).  For 2013, we’ve re-focused the content based on
user feedback and re-structured the series into four 60-minute webinars.

All sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about
this important topic.  Further updates can be found at


Intro to Digital Preservation #1: "Preservation Planning and Overview of
PREMIS for Beginners"
Speaker: Lisa Gregory, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

This webinar is designed to help participants begin formulating a digital
preservation plan for their digital collections. Even if you already have
files accumulating, planning and implementing basic digital preservation
strategies doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Topics to be covered include
what to consider during planning, first steps for implementation, as well
as a basic introduction to PREMIS, the Data Dictionary for Preservation
Metadata.  The goal will be to help you start thinking about preservation
as part of your everyday digital workflow.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 2, 2013  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


Intro to Digital Preservation #2: "Forbearing the Digital Dark Age:
Capturing Metadata for Digital Objects"
Speaker: Chris Dietrich, National Park Service.

Metadata is the key to both discovery and long-term accessibility of
digital content. This webinar will address metadata for digital photos,
documents, audio-video, tabular data, and GIS data. Topics include
categories of metadata, metadata standards for different asset types,
metadata capture strategies, and metadata software tools. Links to
additional resources for digital preservationists will also be provided.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 9, 2013  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


Intro to Digital Preservation #3: "Management of Incoming Born-Digital
Special Collections"
Speaker: Gretchen Gueguen, University of Virginia.

This webinar will cover the basics of getting started with managing
born-digital archives. Through basic techniques and practical suggestions,
you will learn how to assess your collection, develop a management plan,
put basic policies in place, and set up an accessioning workflow. Simple
tools to help you do the job will be reviewed along with guides and other
resources to help answer your questions.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 16, 2013  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


Intro to Digital Preservation #4: "Using FITS to Identify File Formats and
Extract Metadata"
Speaker: Andrea Goethals, Harvard University.

After an introduction to file formats and technical metadata, a demo of
the File Information Tool Set (FITS) will be given. You will learn what it
does, how it differs from other format tools, how to use it, how to
customize it and how Harvard is using FITS in different ways. No
experience with FITS is necessary but if you would like to try it out in
advance you can download it from

DATE:  Tuesday, April 30, 2013  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Hope to "see" you there!

Jody L. DeRidder
Head, Digital Services
University of Alabama Libraries
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: 205.348.0511

"Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare
to make dreams into reality."
   --Jonas Salk


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