24 January 2018 | 10:00-16:00 London | Senate House

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Event Description

The DPC, with support from CoSector at the University of London, the ARA, IRMS, Arkivum, Preservica, and Mirror Web, is pleased to invite students, researchers and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.

The day will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. In the afternoon, a group of invited speakers will reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.

Programme and  Slides

10:00 Registration Opens

10:30 Session One – Getting Started with Digital Preservation

12:30 Lunch – Lunch and refreshments provided

13:15 Session Two – What I Wish I Knew Before I Started

Presentations from Invited Speakers on working within the Digital Preservation field:

15:00 Comfort Break - Tea and coffee provided

15:20 Session Three – Roundtable with the Day’s Speakers

16:00 Thanks and Close

This Conference Will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Innovators, vendors and commentators on digital preservation and cognate fields
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants


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