Skip to Content


2020 Digital Directions

October 19-21, 2020 * Online Training Conference

Thank you for your interest in Digital Directions. The 2020 training conference has concluded. Join the NEDCC E-News list at to receive updates about our plans for 2021.


Agenda   Faculty Bios


Join us for a comprehensive overview of digital preservation, presented by information professionals with deep experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During three half-days of live, interactive, online training, you will learn about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections, and you’ll gain confidence in decision-making for the preservation of your digital assets.

Topics include:

  • standards and specifications for both digitization and digital preservation
  • metadata
  • copyright
  • selection for digitization
  • special considerations for audiovisual and born-digital materials
  • digital storage
  • working with vendors and collaborative or consortial organizations

The program will introduce you to free resources and tools you can use for digital preservation, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect via small group discussions with peers who face similar challenges. Participants will develop a clearer understanding of the next steps they should take to strengthen their organization’s digital preservation program.  

What to Expect 

  • The total number of registrants for Digital Directions is limited to 125 to ensure that each participant has opportunities to interact with both faculty and attendees.  

  • Each livestreamed presentation is 45-60 minutes and is followed by 15-30 minutes of audio/video-enabled Q&A with the presenter.  

  • Registrants will have access to all presentation sessions and to selected breakout groups during the conference as well as on-demand access for one month afterward (through November 22). 

  • Participants will have the opportunity to suggest topics and questions for breakout groups and session Q&Asand then to select and attend two or three breakout groups for small group discussionDigital Directions faculty members and NEDCC staff members will serve as facilitators and roving monitors for the breakout rooms. 

  • A limited number of seats are available in optional paid “lunch table” discussions with a faculty member. Groups are limited to 10 people.  

  • Digital Directions will be held online using Adobe Connect or Zoom. You will receive advance instructions for any additional downloads, account set-up, etc. that may be necessary for you to access the conference.  

  • Presentation slides, handouts, and other resources will be available through a designated Dropbox folder. 

  • See the Logistics page for more information about conference access. 

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. Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 6 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Participant Comments on Past Digital Directions Conferences:

  • I now feel a lot more confident in how & what to digitize and where to store the copies after attending this conference. The many resources linked out within the presentations is awesome and I appreciate those being provided. Thank you! 

  • Prior to coming to the conference, I knew this was something I needed to do for my organization. However, I was overwhelmed with even where to begin. I would look at resources and think: "This is good, but I need to start at the very beginning. What does that look like?" The conference provided me with information and resources that allowed me to better process where my organization is with this and where we need to go. 

  • This conference filled in some holes in my knowledge and gave me good resources to look into. Things I plan on doing because of this conference: watch the digital POWRR webinars, create an inventory of our digital collections, ensure my policies and procedures are up to date, talk to my boss about what level of digital preservation is my responsibility and learn more about it, see if the department has a mission statement and collection development policy and if not, remedy that. 

  • One of the most important benefits of attending Digital Directions was networking and making / maintaining connections with other institutions / organizations that also have large digital collections that they manage.  

TO LEARN MORE about the Digital Directions program, view the 2020 Agenda

JOIN the NEDCC E-News List to receive updates on the conference.