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Digital Directions Overview


The Online Training Conference

Digital Directions, the comprehensive overview of digital preservation, was presented on February 1-3, 2021, by information professionals with deep experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During three half-days of live, interactive, online training, participants learned about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections, and gained confidence in decision-making for the preservation of digital assets.

Topics included:

  • 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 collaborative or consortial organizations


View the 2021 Digital Directions Agenda, and Faculty Bios.

Digital Directions 2021 Participants Comment:

  • Thank you so much for offering a second round of this program! I really appreciate having a chance to update my skills.
    – Librarian

  • Based on this conference, I now know more tools and resources I can use to guide my organization on our DP journey. I didn't know where to start, and now I have some specific action items that I will be implementing over the course of 2021 to lay the groundwork.
    – Archivist

  • This conference explained concepts in a way that was easy to understand and provided excellent advice for the application of those concepts, tools, etc.
    – Librarian

  • I really appreciated that suggestions were given for all sizes of institutions with a variety of budgets and staffing.
    – Archivist

  • The biggest take-away for me is the huge cost of inaction when it comes to digital preservation. Our library tends to approach digitization in one-off projects that never get evaluated in terms of usefulness of digitized content to our communities. We need a big-picture strategy!!
    – Librarian

  • I'm the director of a small county archives. I did not have any intention of putting anything online. However, after three days of intensive education with this conference, I've changed my mind. Now, I see and can appreciate the huge value that online content can provide to our community, our citizens, and to people all over the globe.
    – County Archivist