Works in Progress Webinar: Will our future selves thank us? Examining born-digital curation practices at the University of Kentucky Libraries

During this webinar, archivists and librarians from the University of Kentucky Libraries share recent challenges, successes, and practical tips for stewarding born-digital collections.

This event is on-demand. View the recording below.



  • Ruth E. Bryan, CA, University Archivist, University of Kentucky Libraries
  • Emily B. Collier, Assistant University Archivist, University of Kentucky Libraries
  • Sarah Dorpinghaus, Director of Digital Strategies and Technology, University of Kentucky Libraries
  • Andrew McDonnell, Digital Archivist, University of Kentucky Libraries
  • Megan Mummey, Director of Manuscript Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries


Cultural heritage resources are increasingly digitally produced and distributed, yet the production of physical materials has not declined. Analog-based archival theory and practice is still relevant but born-digital formats make functions such as acquisition, appraisal, resource allocation, collection management, and external relationships more challenging. During this webinar, archivists and librarians from the University of Kentucky Libraries (UKL) share their current challenges and successes working with different aspects of born-digital stewardship. They discuss practical tips, tools, policies, and mental frameworks to help attendees identify gaps, pitfalls, and opportunities in digital stewardship at their own institutions.

Sarah Dorpinghaus provides an overview of UKL’s shifting digital preservation landscape, highlighting challenges and opportunities in supporting digital preservation systems amid change in campus-wide infrastructure services. Megan Mummey and Andrew McDonnell then talk about instituting earlier and more comprehensive appraisal practices for born-digital manuscript collections with an eye towards environmental and financial impact. Ruth Bryan outlines challenges with—and solutions for—acquiring currently-created born-digital university documents. Emily Collier wraps up by sharing her experiences with the Wildcat Histories project (funded by Project STAND) and the complexities of dealing with web-based content, particularly the volatile nature of social media sites. These experiences illuminate how one academic research library is grappling with aligning current resources with future collection needs. They hope future UKL librarians and archivists will consider current decisions being made and cheer, “Good job, past colleagues!”

This webinar will be of interest to those working with born-digital records, digital curation, web archives, and technical infrastructure.

All affiliates of OCLC Research Library Partnership organizations are invited to participate.

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09 April 2024


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.