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Digital Directions 2017

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August 21-23, 2017

Bell Harbor International Conference Center

2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121




Guided by a faculty of national experts, join colleagues from institutions large and small for two and a half 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. 

Conference Topics Will Include:

Assessing Risks to Digital Collections
Understanding Rights & Responsibilities
Digital Project Planning
Selection for Digitization
Creating Useful Digital Objects
Metadata for Digital Projects
Digital Storage
Working with Born-Digital Collections
Digitizing Audiovisual Collections

2017 Digital Directions Agenda will be available soon.


Early-Bird Registration

$485 USD 

Valid through May 26, 2017

Regular Registration

$525 USD

 Beginning May 27, 2017

Student Registration

$350 USD

Copy of current student ID required


Optional Lunch Discussion Group:

(Please note that space is limited)

Day 1


 Optional Lunch Discussion Group:

(Please note that space is limited)

 Day 2


A Sampling of Participant Comments from the 2016 Digital Directions in Denver

  • This conference, and what I gained from it, far exceeded my expectations. I will return to work with concrete ideas and resources to help improve current projects and better plan new ones, particularly in the areas of digital preservation and digital storage considerations. Lately I've been feeling weighed-down by our digital library challenges but after this conference I feel more invigorated and encouraged (Yay!)

  • For a small institution without a defined digital services department, or even person in charge, this conference (and the accompanying contacts and resources) is of immense value. I am scheduled to present a review of best practices to our management that may well result in the implementation of some if not all of these practices. I have learned a tremendous amount, and hope to attend future conferences.

  • Thanks for offering this! It's the first conference where I felt surrounded by librarians who actually speak my language and understand what I'm talking about.

  • Attending Digital Directions provided the fundamental knowledge I need to move forward with our digital preservation projects. It was a great forum for making connections with people working on similar projects -- both the faculty and my fellow attendees were excellent resources, providing a wealth of information and perspectives about different approaches toward preserving and providing access. The sessions enhanced my basic knowledge about digital preservation enough that I feel confident moving forward with our photograph and manuscript collections.

  • As a result of this conference, I have a list of specific tasks, from setting up meetings, discussing collaboration, to reviewing metadata documentation and schemas, to accomplish when I return to work.

  • A very well done conference, and essential for "lone arrangers" and those from very small institutions who do not have everyday colleagues to learn from. It was very nice to attend a large gathering of the library-museum-archives tribe!