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Digital Directions 2016

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Denver, CO
September 26-28, 2016


The 2016 Digital Directions conference was held on September 26-28 in Denver, Colorado.  Attendees included representatives from libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, government agencies, and corporate archives, as well as students and independent professionals. Participants came from 31 states, as well as Canada, American Samoa, Egypt, and Poland. Many participants were new to managing digital collections, and some attended to receive a refresher. Others were well into a digital project and wanted to confirm they were on the right track.

The 2 ½ day program featured instruction on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections. Participants enjoyed networking with colleagues who face similar challenges, and interacted with faculty one-on-one during the reception and coffee breaks.

Conference Topics included:DD16_01web

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

A Sampling of 2016 Digital Directions Participant Comments

  • 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!

The NEDCC Preservation Services staff is already busy planning for 2017 and will announce the dates and location in the coming months!  Join the NEDCC E-News list to receive all the latest updates.