Preserving your Personal Archive - A Virtual Memory Lab Workshop

Library Takeout

Preserving your Personal Archive - A Virtual Memory Lab Workshop

Friday, May 29, 2020, 2 p.m.

Staff from the DC Public Library and the Veterans History Project will share tips and tools for taking care of your personal archive from home. Topics covered will include care of photographs and personal papers, inventory of your audio-visual archive, use of personal devices for digitization, and research and preparation practices.

Although the Library's Memory Lab is currently closed, you can still plan and prepare your personal collections for digitization at home. Taking time now to go through your old photos and videotapes to decide what is (or is not) meaningful to you or your family helps you determine what is actually important and worth digitizing. It also allows you to create a manageable workload so you won't get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff to preserve. DC Public Library will have two experts on hand to teach how to prepare your home videos, films, audio, photographs, and documents for digitization. 

Archivists from the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress will provide advice on conducting oral history interviews while social distancing. Additionally, they will deliver guidance and best practices for preserving veterans’ historical materials, making them accessible for generations to come. While the physical preservation of veterans’ documents, photographs, and other materials is critical, it is equally important to preserve the context behind them. This can be tricky if the veteran is no longer around to answer questions, but there are numerous resources available to help.

This is a virtual event. For a link to the Webex session, please send an email to david.quick2@dc.gov. The session will also be recorded.

Add to Calendar 29-05-2020 14:00:00 29-05-2020 15:00:00 Preserving your Personal Archive - A Virtual Memory Lab Workshop Staff from the DC Public Library and the Veterans History Project will share tips and tools for taking care of your personal archive from home. Topics covered will include care of photographs and personal papers, inventory of your audio-visual archive, use of personal devices for digitization, and research and preparation practices. Although the Library's Memory Lab is currently closed, you can still plan and prepare your personal collections for digitization at home. Taking time now to go through your old photos and videotapes to decide what is (or is not) meaningful to you or your family helps you determine what is actually important and worth digitizing. It also allows you to create a manageable workload so you won't get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff to preserve. DC Public Library will have two experts on hand to teach how to prepare your home videos, films, audio, photographs, and documents for digitization.  Archivists from the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress will provide advice on conducting oral history interviews while social distancing. Additionally, they will deliver guidance and best practices for preserving veterans’ historical materials, making them accessible for generations to come. While the physical preservation of veterans’ documents, photographs, and other materials is critical, it is equally important to preserve the context behind them. This can be tricky if the veteran is no longer around to answer questions, but there are numerous resources available to help. This is a virtual event. For a link to the Webex session, please send an email to david.quick2@dc.gov. The session will also be recorded. false DD/MM/YYYY