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2018 Digital Directions


October 15-16, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Registration deadline: October 6, 2018


Guided by a faculty of national experts, join colleagues from institutions large and small for two days of instruction on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one, and gain a comprehensive introduction to digitization and digital preservation.  

Who Should Attend?

Are you just getting started in digitization and digital preservation? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital collections project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?

The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. A discounted student rate is available.

Benefits of Attending:

- You will come away with an understanding of the major considerations for planning and implementing a digital collections project or program.  

- You will learn about free tools you can use in your digital preservation project or program.

- You will have time to interact with faculty, who are all experienced practitioners in the field, and to meet colleagues who can be helpful as you develop your institution’s digital preservation program.

Highlights of this year's agenda include:

  • Understanding Copyright
  • Caring for Born Digital Collections
  • Digital Preservation Tools
  • Preserving Audiovisual Collections
  • Best Practices for Collaborating with State and Shared Repositories
  • Hands-on Metadata Workshop

See the complete conference Agenda and Faculty.



2017 Digital Directions Participants Comment on the Value of the Program 

This conference has been one of the most directly relevant to managing digital collections I have attended. It has provided applicable and useful resources while enlightening me to resources and documentation I otherwise would have been unaware of. 

Digital Directions has given me just that: direction(s). I have a path to laying a policy infrastructure, working more effectively with partners, and opening up our collection in ways that empower our users to really use them. It was a ton of information, but I don't feel overwhelmed. I feel prepared. 

I came with the intention of rebooting our library's Content DM collections of local history images and oral histories. However, I've instead found it much more useful for thinking about and planning a large-scale digitization project for our newspaper archive. I have much more knowledge and questions that will inform that project, and I feel more confident in tackling the project more strategically. 

Digital Directions provided me some next steps for approaching digital preservation at my institution, useful tools for building and managing collections, and a spark to explore collaborations with potential users to find transformative uses for my institution's digital collections. I think what I found most useful was the encouragement to start thinking about the right questions before pursuing answers. 

I came to learn more basic information regarding digital imaging and scanning for a collection of rare items. I'm walking away with a better grasp of the metadata basics, storage, management, etc. I'm hoping I will be able to apply the basics to better focus our collection development after this.


2017 Seattle, WA 
2016 Denver, CO 
2015 Raleigh, NC 
2014 Portland, OR 
2013 Ann Arbor, MI 
2012 Boston, MA 
2010 Grand Canyon, AZ
2009 San Diego, CA 
2008 Jacksonville, FL 

See the complete conference Agenda and Faculty.
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