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Personal Digital Archiving - Schedule - May 3rd

Friday, May 3


Conference Program

8:30 - 9:00

Registration + Coffee

9:00 - 9:15


9:15 - 10:15

Keynote: Linda Norris

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:05

Current Issues in PDA

Aspects of Personal Digital Archiving and Preservation: Getting Started to Going Pro
Kari May

Personal archiving is more than collecting various artifacts and pieces of information. It’s collecting information with a chosen purpose. It’s selecting the best documentation to tell the story only your archive can tell. It’s maintaining that information in a manner that keeps these artifacts and information secure and healthy. It’s being able to retrieve specific pieces of information whenever it’s needed for years to come in the ever-changing world of technology. Building an archive today means working with a combination of analog, digitized, and digital materials. Organizing, maintaining, and providing access to such an assortment can feel complex and, at times, overwhelming. This session will discuss techniques and open-source tools anyone can use to organize, refine, and maintain their personal digital archive, or begin an archive with a solid foundation. Core aspects of digital archiving and preservation, along with examples of these aspects in practice, will be provided as the presentation moves through a simple graphic. In this way, attendees will be offered guidance and advice on the assessment, arrangement and description, storage, and preservation of digital content commonly found in today’s personal archives. Open-source tools that can be used to weed digital photographs, examine email accounts, ensure the longevity of digital files and more will be introduced with recommendations of online resources demonstrating up-to-date best practices. This session has been designed to provide attendees with a clear break-down of personal digital archiving basics and explain how individuals can take the first steps toward implementing true digital preservation practices using free and respected online tools.

How Individuals and Libraries/Archives Approach PDA Differently, and Why it Matters
Melody Condron

Libraries and archives approach personal digital archives differently than "everyday people" but they are also advocates for PDA, and do much of the outreach to teach the public about best-practices and methods. How does a professional background change a person's perspective about personal digital archives, preservation, and methods? And why does it matter? In this presentation I will explain some of the differences between individual versus institutional perspectives on PDA, and how it might affect outreach and collaboration in the field. This will be an expansion/continuation of an article to be published in the PDA-focused spring 2019 journal, Preservation, Digital Technologies, and Culture.

Do You Hear Me Now?: Documenting Oral History
Jackie Esposito

Capturing, preserving and crafting a narrative based on oral history not only requires extensive digital resources, it requires methods for aggregating spoken words and retrieving cultural links. Based on a two-year, 150 interview project entitled "Library Legacies," this presentation will evaluate methods utilized to identify patterns, learning objectives, and trends from interviews conducted with 150 Penn State Libraries faculty, staff and administrators dating from their start at PSU as early as 1958 through recent hires in 2018. Was technology the driving force for education and training since 1958? Is rankism an issue in academic libraries? How did individuals become academic librarians? Was it really the "best second career anyone ever had"? What training and skill sets are necessary for future librarians? How can planners utilize the data to plan for the future? The speaker will discuss the digital (and analog) methods utilized for the interviews themselves as well as data extraction methodology.

Balancing Privacy and Access in Personal Digital Archives
Virginia Dressler

The session will address privacy concerns to consider within personal digital archives, particularly when access to information from the item or collection is openly available. Privacy is often an elusive term, difficult to pin down and collectively define. And perhaps even more difficult to use and apply as a working standard or ethical value to uphold within a project.

The session will outline types of private information that may be more readily apparent, such as personally identifiable information (social security number, medical information, etc.), as well as that which may be less obvious or inconspicuous in nature. The impact of sharing and publishing private information can directly affect an individual(s), and privacy violations often occur as result of publication. These violations happen when private information is disclosed within a larger arena of discovery and/or access.

Some real world examples will be provided to show how different notions of privacy can be present within content, particularly within unpublished content like personal diaries, photographs or other material. Methods to conduct a privacy review and assessment will be outlined, work that can help to prevent the disclosure of private information. Ethical decision making models around potential privacy violations will also be shared. Framing questions around the original context, purpose, audience of the item or collection will be discussed as another tactic for discussion and identification of privacy issues. And finally, questions to pose towards the original content creator (if known) will be reviewed, focusing on issues of information control, consent and awareness. The goal of this session will be to acknowledge privacy and provide ways for attendees to consider this as an important aspect within personal digital archives.

Q+A Panel

12:05 - 12:30

Workshop Lightning Talks

Facilitators of Saturday’s workshops will give brief descriptions of their upcoming workshops. See the workshop schedule for full details.

Personal Data // Personal Privacy
S.E. Hackney

Digital Archiving 101: Methods of Self-Preservation
Zakiya Collier

Using Google Photos & Drive for Personal Digital Archiving
Mark S Middleton, PMP

Creating Community Oral History Projects
Amy Welch

Social Media Archiving for Beginners
Melody Condron

12:35 - 2:00


2:00 - 3:20

PDA + Creative Practice

Reimagining Collections
Melissa Catanese

This talk will introduce a variety of poetic interpretations of photographs made from personal, private and publicly crowd-sourced collections through digital archiving, public slideshows, exhibitions, and artist’s books.

The Personal Digital Archive as Arts Practice
Richard Story

The presentation will explore two questions:

1. What is personal digital archiving as an arts practice?
2. If the ‘PDA’ is a new type of artistic expression, how do I actually practice this art form?

To start with, we’ll look at how the personal digital archive fits into the practice of archiving.  We will also look at how the PDA fits into the category of ‘art’.  With this context, we can begin to explore the creative process of making our personal digital archive. Where do we start? As with any archive, a selection process is employed.  However, with an electronic archive, ‘if you can see it or hear it, you can digitize it’. If an archive is based on one’s life, the choice of selection can be overwhelming.

Going deeper into the process, we will look at aesthetic choices and what it is that makes the creation of a PDA an artistic endeavour.  As well we will explore workflow, techniques, specifications and future-proofing. Another important question for practitioners of this new creative form of expression is: how do we keep on doing it, how do we sustain the work?  We will address this on both a practical level and a personal level, as well as a cultural/societal level. Another topic touched on will be the practical uses of the personal digital archive.  We will leave off our discussion with some thoughts on the potential future of the PDA as both a useful ‘digital extension of the self’, as well as an artistic creation.

Artifacts + Creative Labor
Kate Joranson

As an artist and a librarian, Kate Joranson enjoys the accidental nature of looking for one thing, and finding something else. She cultivates creative modes of discovery through collaborative projects such as What Does it Mean to Be Curious? and I’m Wondering if You Can Help Me With Something. Through these projects, as well as collaborative studio work with her daughter, she activates the intersection of art-making and the often gendered labor of teaching, caregiving, and service work. She documents artifacts produced by this labor, and constructs situations where she and her collaborators produce artifacts through this labor. She is currently Head Librarian at the Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Library at the University of Pittsburgh.

Q+A Panel

3:20 - 3:50

Coffee Break

3:50 - 5:05

Panel Discussion

Beyond the Memory Lab Network
Siobhan Hagan and Others TBA

Communities risk massive loss of their history and culture unless the public is equipped with knowledge and tools to sustain their analog and digital memories. Educational organizations that serve the public  have unique opportunities to show their users how preservation is relevant to their lives and can be fun, understandable, and approachable. Memory Labs offer patrons free use of equipment to digitize analog family memories before it is too late, teach patrons digital literacy skills, engage in community events, and more. At 2018’s Personal Digital Archiving conference in Houston, attendees learned how the DC Public Library (DCPL) had partnered with the Public Library Association and the Library of Congress to bring Memory Lab programs to seven public libraries across the U.S. The partner libraries and DCPL have formed the foundation of the Memory Lab Network, a support system of libraries that can assist, advise, and build on each others’ innovations, challenges, and growing first-hand expertise. By expanding the number of Memory Lab programs nationally, creating variation among those labs, and assessing their successes, challenges, and failures, the Memory Lab Network is creating a model that is adoptable by organizations across the world. This panel will show the progress of the Memory Lab Network, as well as highlighting other similar labs outside of the “official” network. Presenters will share how their labs were inspired, funded, and implemented. Outcomes of these programs will be discussed, equipment and usage information, and recommendations to help other attendees develop their own labs. A Q&A period with panelists will assist attendees with more specific questions they might have about this process. The Memory Lab Network will announce IMLS-funding for 2 additional years of the project, encouraging attendees to apply to its call for proposals for 7 more public library Memory Labs to be built by 2021. The project is funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Q+A Panel

5:05 - 5:30

Closing Remarks & Discussion