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Press Release
March 12, 2009

National Archives to Hold 23rd Annual Preservation Conference March 26, 2009

Digitizing for Preservation and Access:  Past is Prologue

Washington, DC…In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the National Archives will host its annual preservation conference entitled Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue, on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Adrienne Thomas, Acting Archivist of the United States, and Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist, Office of Records Services, will provide opening remarks for the event. The conference will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Streets NW, and is fully accessible.

Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue will focus on institutional approaches, case studies, standards and management techniques for projects and programs that are either underway or already completed. The intent is for attendees to leave the conference with an understanding of what digitizing choices are appropriate for their institution, based in part on lessons learned and new ground broken by other institutions, large and small.

Formal presentations will include:

  • Digitization approaches;
  • Federal guidelines and approaches to long-term management;
  • Archival and preservation preparation for digitizing records;
  • Public interface and providing access;
  • Case studies in digitization from a variety of institutions.

Conference speakers will include:

  • Doris Hamburg, Director of Preservation Programs, National Archives;
  • James Hastings, Director of Special Media Archives Services Division, National Archives;
  • Anna E. Buelow, Head of Preservation, The National Archives - Department of Collection Care, Richmond, Surrey, UK;
  • Carl Fleischhauer, Technical Coordinator - National Digital Library Program, Library of Congress;
  • Michael Stelmach, Manager of Digital Conversion Services, Library of Congress;
  • David Null, Director, University Archives and Records Management Services, University of Wisconsin;
  • Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist, Maryland State Archives;
  • Mark Harvey, State Archivist, Archives of Michigan;
  • Karen Weiss, Information Resources Manager, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution;
  • Greg Colati, Digital Initiatives Coordinator - Penrose Library, University of Denver;
  • Fynette Eaton, Consultant to the Electronic Records Archive, NARA and
  • Amy Lubick, Conservator, Document Conservation Division, NARA.

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Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue will also feature an exhibit by vendors who provide products and services related to the conference topic.

For additional conference information, please contact Conference Coordinator Richard Schneider at 301-837-3617.

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The conference is open to the media. For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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