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2017 Conference Wrap-up

Digital Directions--NEDCC’s annual conference on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections--was held in Seattle in August 2017. Participants included representatives from 31 states, as well as Canada, Poland, and Thailand.


2018 Digital Directions Conference

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Comments from Digital Directions participants on the value of attending: 

  • Digital Directions has given me just that: Direction(s). I have a path to laying a policy infrastructure, working more effectively with partners, and opening up our collection in ways that empower our users to really use them. It was a ton of information, but I don't feel overwhelmed. I feel prepared. 
  • This conference has been one of the most directly relevant to managing digital collections I have attended. It has provided applicable and useful resources while enlightening me to resources and documentation of which I otherwise would have been unaware. 
  • It has been over ten years since I was involved in a digital project, so the updates and information to prompt me to think about what opportunities and challenges we'd face in our plans was very helpful. 
  • We are a small archives and this conference has provided a firm foundation for us to move forward with establishing a digital program. It has also given us ideas for discussing the importance of establishing a digital program with our administrative directors and fiscal people. 
  • I have a better idea of how to make our photo collection more accessible to our users - in terms of ideas and metadata. I also feel more confident about the direction we are moving in terms of our workflow. I also gained some new insight regarding selection. 
  • We hope to create policies and procedures for our digital archives. The tools we learned will help create workflows and processes for the small institution I am from.  
  • I had expected a refresher on digital preservation and description, but in addition to covering basics I was inspired and given resources to think expansively about how we can share our digitized and born-digital records.