Attend Archival Advantage webinar to improve management of born-digital materials with archival expertise

Register to attend this free webinar on Tuesday, 11 August from 12-1 pm EDT to learn how to take advantage of your archivists’ skills and make your digital library better.

We'll post the webinar recording and slides on our website and will notify registrants by email when they are available. If you are unable to attend but would like to be notified when the recording is available, we encourage you to register.

For more information:

Jackie Dooley
Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research



In this webinar, Program Officer Jackie Dooley will provide an overview of her recently published report, The Archival Advantage: Integrating Archival Expertise into Management of Born-digital Library Materials, in which she showcases the benefits of involving archivists in the management of born-digital library materials (i.e., created and managed in digital form).  She’ll cover ten areas of archival expertise and their relevance to the digital context, including:

  • confirming ownership,
  • appraising the significance of content,
  • documenting the context of creation,
  • negotiating with collection donors and nurturing these relationships over time,
  • recognizing and navigating legal issues,
  • ensuring authenticity of files, and
  • using practical approaches to creating metadata for large collections.

Each of these is equally relevant for digital and analog (physical) materials. Archivists' in-depth knowledge of each area helps to ensure that the right questions are addressed.

This webinar is free and open to all. Library directors and other managers who set the vision and direction for digital initiatives are encouraged to attend, as well as technology specialists who manage systems and services in areas such as repository design, hardware and software, digitization, and website development; research data curation experts; digital preservationists; liaison librarians who have close relationships with users, including knowledge of their research methods; and metadata specialists. In addition, archivists may find value in both the explication of the ten areas of archival expertise and the arguments for including them in a wide range of digital initiatives.