Digital Preservation Management Workshop

Implementing Short-Term Solutions for Long-Term Problems

Dates:  June 16-17, 2011
: The Utah State Library
250 North 1950 West, Rooms 218 and 219
Salt Lake City, UTAH

The Library received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to sponsor this workshop.  The workshop, held June 16-17, 2011 at the Utah State Library in Salt Lake, was attended by representatives from 19 institutions from Utah and Idaho.  The  hands-on management workshop was designed around three action plan sessions for organizational, technological, and resource frameworks to assist in designing and implementing a digital preservation management approach.  To prepare for the workshop, each attendee was to complete the following assignments.  These are useful resources for anyone seeking to learn more about digital preservation.

1.  Go through the Digital Preservation Management tutorial. This provide a background and introductory information on digital preservation management issues, including terms, concepts, and an overview of the digital preservation model that is at the core of the workshop program

2.  Consider your responses  to the institutional readiness survey.

3.  Become familiar with the two foundation documents listed below. These are large and comprehensive sources for discussing organizational context and digital archive functionality and implementation.

i.    Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities

ii.    Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model or a more concise version of this:

        “The Open Archival Information System Reference Model: Introductory Guide” by Brian Lavoie


The two-day workshop trained managers who are or will be responsible for managing digital content over time.  These skills will be put to use as the Library addresses digital preservation issues.

The Digital Preservation Management workshop was originally developed at Cornell University Library by Anne R Kenney and Nancy Y McGovern and was hosted at Cornell from 2003-2006. Since 2006, Nancy McGovern has continued curricular development and directing the workshop from ICPSR at the University of Michigan.  The workshop series has been developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This workshop in Salt Lake is also funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  More information is available at: