NDSR Boston Goes to ALA-MW

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the residents from this year’s cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program in Boston made a trip to the Convention and Exhibition Center on Boston’s waterfront. Boston was the site of this year’s ALA Mid-Winter Meetings. Our mission was to spread the word about the NDSR program and to let the American Library Association know about our digital preservation projects and how they are progressing.

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I want to extend a big thank you to Frances Harrell of the North East Document Conservation Center for introducing me to Laura McCann and Kate Contakos, the co-Chairs of ALA’s Preservation Administrators Interest Group (PAIG). Laura and Kate gave us a warm welcome and top billing, allowing us to give our presentations while the morning’s first cup of coffee was jolting everybody to attention.  

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I gave a brief presentation introducing the NDSR program. Then we each talked about our individual projects; describing the projects and summarizing our outcomes to-date. After a presentation about a project involving the preservation of electronic news, we all sat together on stage for a question and answer session.


I am pleased to report that our presentations garnered enough interest to elicit several questions. There were project specific questions as well as a general question about our thoughts on the NDSR program. There was a request to Julie to share the Excel sheet and Wiki she created to manage the dozens of metrics she is investigating in her ISO 16363 focused project. The inquirer thought the fruits of her labor would be a useful tool to others preparing for TRAC certification. In the interest of saving time for the remainder of the agenda, the Q&A had to be ended before all the questions could be answered.


On Sunday, I spread my wings and flew from the NDSR Boston nest to give an individual presentation on the importance of digital preservation. The presentation was categorized as an Ignite Presentation and employs a unique format. There is a five minutes time limit and a mandatory twenty slides. The slides progress automatically every 15 seconds. It was challenging. The fastest five minutes of my life. I got some positive responses afterwards and I am glad I did it.

Next up? The NDSR mid-year event. I’m all warmed up!

Thanks, Jeff

P.S.  If you want to join us for the NDSR mid-year event, it is scheduled for January 26th from 3 until 5 pm in room 021 of 90 Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square (with social event following).


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