Introduction to Digital Preservation [FULL!]

As memory institutions are ever-increasingly generating and collecting digitized and born-digital content, digital preservation is necessary to ensure future access to materials. Despite promises of various storage options, such as the cloud or optical discs “guaranteed” to last 300 years, digital preservation is a process, not an event – and requires ongoing resources, actions, and management.

This course will introduce students to foundational digital preservation concepts, strategies, and directions in the field.

At a glance

When: Jul 11 – Sept 4, 2022

Where: Online, asynchronous

Cost: $325 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program: #302523

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe

Register online

This course is full, but you can join the waitlist. To add your name to the waitlist free of charge, click the “register online” button. If a spot becomes available, you will receive an email, at which point you can choose to accept the spot.

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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Course details

No previous digital preservation experience or technical skills are necessary for this course.


  • Digital preservation standards and models
  • Understanding file formats
  • Infrastructure
  • Assessing and mitigating risks
  • Sustainability
  • Digital preservation policies

Expectations: To pass the course, students are expected to watch the recorded lectures, complete weekly readings, engage in topical online discussions, and complete a few short written assignments.

Note: This course was developed with Elizabeth England, digital preservation specialist at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Instructor: Lauren Work is the digital preservation librarian at the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of preservation strategy and systems for university digital resources. She also helps lead digital stewardship collaboration within communities such as the Academic Preservation Trust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the Software Preservation Network, and the BitCurator Consortium. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.