The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving
Brianna H. Marshall
Scholars and scrapbookers alike need your help with saving their most important digital content. But how do you translate your professional knowledge as a librarian or archivist into practical skills that novices can apply to their own projects? The Complete Guide to Personal Archiving will show you the way, helping you break down archival concepts and best practices into teachable solutions for your patrons’ projects. Whether it’s a researcher needing to cull their most important email correspondence, or an empty-nester transferring home movies and photographs to more easily shared and mixed digital formats, this book will show you how to offer assistance, providing explanations of common terms in plain language; quick, non-technical solutions to frequent patron requests; a look at the 3-2-1 approach to backing up files; guidance on how to archive Facebook posts and other social media; methods for capturing analog video from obsolete physical carriers like MiniDV; proven workflows for public facing transfer stations, as used at the Washington, D.C. Memory Lab and the Queens Library mobile scanning unit; talking points to help seniors make proactive decisions about their digital estates; perspectives on balancing core library values with the business goals of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other dominant platforms; and additional resources for digging deep into personal digital archiving. Featuring expert contributors working in a variety of contexts, this resource will help you help your patrons take charge of their personal materials.