Target Audience: Librarians interested in computer history or who would like to learn digital preservation techniques
1) Participants will be able to list several hurdles to preserving digital objects.
2) Participants will be able to identify steps they can take personally and professionally as librarians to help preserve digital objects.
Jason Scott has been an “armchair archivist” since 1998 with the Archive Team and Textfiles.com. He has recently become a professional archivist and works with the Internet Archive to preserve pieces of our digital heritage (e.g., discontinued social networking sites). In this free-form lecture and interview, Scott will discuss his trials and tribulations in this quest for preservation, as well as offer suggestions for steps that information professionals can take to preserve their own data and that of others. Connections will also be made between preserving “general” data and the problems with preserving law and other materials published on the Internet.