23rd Annual Preservation Conference

23rd Annual Preservation Conference

2009 Conference Details

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Date: Conference was held on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Program Schedule

William McGowan Theater
National Archives Building
Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

About the Conference

In 2007, the National Archives Preservation Conference focused on the essential components of the digitization process and on common issues that would influence reformatting decisions and approaches. It was geared to benefiting institutions that were contemplating entering, or may have had just entered, the digitization arena.

This year we presented "Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue." It focused on institutional approaches, case studies, standards and management techniques for projects and programs that were either underway or already completed. Thus, the discussion had moved from the experimental and theoretical to examining and learning from what has already been done.

Our intent was for attendees to leave the conference with an understanding of what digitizing choices were appropriate for their institution, based in part on lessons learned and new ground broken by other institutions, large and small.

The 2009 conference coincided with the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the National Archives.

"Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue" also featured exhibits by vendors who provide products and services related to the conference topic.


The formal presentations included:

  • Digitization approaches from a few different institutions
  • 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.