Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving – A Free eBook from the LOC

The Library of Congress has announced the publication of a new FREE e-book entitled “Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving.” It is a published compilation of selected blog posts published in the LOC online blog, The Signal. All of the posts incorporated into the new publication were written by NDIIPP staff as well as guest bloggers from inside and outside the Library of Congress. According to their website, “This resource can serve as a primer for the digital archive novice, as well as a refresher for those with more experience.”

I just downloaded the pdf publication and read just enough to make me downright excited about the information found in it. As a long-time advocate of digitizing our genealogy documents and photographs, the book is giving me ideas and information I hadn’t considered before. Following is a listing of the Table of Contents from the free download pdf eBook.


Personal Digital Archiving Guidance
Four Easy Tips for Preserving Your Digital Photographs 6
Mission Possible: An Easy Way to Add Descriptions to Digital Photos 8
Photo Sharing Sites as Digital Preservation Tools 12
Digital Preservation-Friendly File Formats for Scanned Images 14
Archiving Cell Phone Text Messages 16
What Image Resolution Should I Use? 18
Personal Archiving in the Cloud 21
Family History and Digital Preservation 23
The Big Digital Sleep 26
When I Go Away: Getting Your Digital Affairs in Order 29

Personal Reflections on Personal Digital Archiving
Confessions of an Imperfect Personal Digital Archivist 32
One Family’s Personal Digital Archives Project 34
My Weekend Project 37
Personal Archiving – Year End Boot Camp 39
“It’s Dead, Jim”: Resurrecting an Obsolete File 42
The Results of One Scholar’s Survey: What Are Your Plans for Your Personal Digital Archives? 46
Have Obsolete Digital Media, Will Travel 49
Forestalling Personal Digital Doom 51
Remember When We had Photographs? 53
When Data Loss is Personal 55

Personal Digital Archiving Outreach
Hey Libraries and Archives: Personal Digital Archiving Kit Now Available 58
Pass it On: Library of Congress Events for Preservation Week 2012 59
Librarians Helping Their Communities with Personal Digital Archiving 61
Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs: Library of Congress Presents Online Session 64
ALCTS, PLA and Library of Congress Collaborate on Personal Digital Archiving Campaign 65
We Talked and Talked About Personal Digital Archiving 67
Save Our African American Treasures: Houston and Dallas 68
Personal Digital Archiving: An Interview with Jordan Fields of the Kansas City Public Library 71
What Do Teenagers Know About Digital Preservation? Actually, More Than You Think… 73
From Chaos to Order: Diverse Communities Interested in Personal Digital Archiving Resources 75
The Challenge of Teaching Personal Archiving 76

Download the pdf eBook.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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