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Digital Directions


August 19-20, 2019
Overland Park, KS


Registration deadline: August 2, 2019 (Early Bird DIscount Through May 31)

Join us in Kansas, the Sunflower State, for Digital Directions 2019! Guided by a faculty of national experts, you will gather with colleagues from institutions large and small for two days of instruction on good practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections. You’ll have opportunities to network with colleagues who have similar challenges and interact with faculty one-on-one while you 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. Students are also welcome, and a discounted registration 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

Click HERE to see this year's agenda and faculty

Past Participants commented on the benefits of attending Digital Directions:

  • This conference will directly benefit the collections and institution since after the conference we will be writing and updating our policies and plans relating to our digital collections.

  • This conference is going to help us plan and implement a digital program from the ground up.

  • Although I had a patchwork knowledge of digital collections management from several years of self-directed study, the Digital Directions conference provided me with the solid foundation I need to move forward and build a truly comprehensive program.

  • Attending this conference will help me improve the metadata that will be used for the library's web archive collection. Also, it will help me decide what items the library may want to digitize and in what order. Finally, it has provided me sources to seek out for help with digitizing parts of the collection.

  • After this conference, we digital preservation newbies in the museum/archive field have the knowledge, resources, community, and empowerment to take our first steps in the right direction. We are creating drafts of new policies and plans that will be approved and implemented at our organization. I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming attitude in a field that can seem intimidating for someone unfamiliar with best practices in digital preservation. I will definitely seek support to attend this conference again! Thank you all so much! What a fantastic experience.