If the estimated 90 percent of all new information is born digital, and everyday new digital materials are created, what can libraries do to help users manage their personal digital materials? New Mexico State University Library’s Digital Projects Librarian Nathan Brown’s article in D-Lib Magazine explores resources and methods which could be used in the development of a personal digital archiving workshop and how to best tailor it to a library audience.
“I’ve been interested in personal digital archiving and personal digital collections for several years now,” said Brown. “I think it is a very important topic that gets overlooked, because many of us simply don’t think about it – but the danger of losing valuable digital materials is very real and something to which we should pay more attention.”
Brown advocates for libraries to develop personal digital archiving workshops which teaches patrons to identify their digital material, determine what can be kept and what can be let go, creating a file naming system, how to back up their files in different locations for preservation purposes, and to examine the files again to make sure the material is still available to be read on current devices, and when to upgrade the files to newer technology.
D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. For those interested in reading Brown’s complete article, please go to the D-Lib Magazine online: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may15/brown/05brown.html