Exploring research, assessment, and practical experience in a participatory meeting


Join a small group of colleagues from a range of organizations for a day of discussion about the state of digital preservation practice and the National Digital Stewardship Agenda. With a focus on digital preservation program assessment, the day will include case studies and research data gathered from the digital preservation environment in recent years. The Symposium agenda will be grounded in open conversation about the successes and limitations that organizations experience in the real world, as well as how leaders and funders can support meaningful progress in the field. The day will include a keynote address, facilitated participation among attendees, and panels of practitioners and service providers.

If your institution is caring for digital collections of any kind or size, this meeting will be a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and experience and to learn from colleagues working on similar challenges. If you conduct research or assessment in the field of digital preservation, or are a funder of preservation projects and initiatives, this meeting will provide an in-depth exploration of current practice and challenges faced by stewards of digital collections.

Presented by NEDCC with support from the NEH


9am – Keynote

Emily Pfotenhauer, Community Liaison and Service Specialist, Wisconsin Library Services

9:30 am – Research Forum

Recent digital preservation research presentations, followed by discussion. This presentation, along with other research and documentation presented during the day, will be the foundation for the Symposium.

10:30 Break

11:00 am – First working group period WORKING GROUP INFO

11:45 am – Participant lightning talks SIGN UP HERE!

12:15 pm – Lunch

1:45 pm – Reflect and Project activity

2:15 pm – Second Working group period WORKING GROUP INFO

3:00 pm – Digital Assessment Consultants Panel

A moderated discussion among consultants who have worked with various organizations to assess and improve their digital preservation programs.

  • Seth Anderson, Yale University Library
  • Ben Fino-Radin, Small Data Industries
  • Frances Harrell, NEDCC
  • Annie Peterson, LYRASIS
  • Kara Van Malssen, AV Preserve
  • Danielle Spalenka, NEDCC

3:45 pm – Synthesis and Wrap-Up

Facilitator Team


Emily Pfotenhauer is a Community Liaison and Service Specialist with WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing library service in Wisconsin and beyond. Since 2009, she has served as Program Manager for Recollection Wisconsin, a collaborative statewide digital collection and Wisconsin’s Service Hub for the Digital Public Library of America. She is currently leading two statewide initiatives to support digital preservation and access at small and mid-sized libraries and cultural heritage institutions: Curating Community Digital Collections, an IMLS-funded program to pair LIS graduate students with community archives and Listening to War, an NEH-funded effort to digitize and preserve at-risk oral history recordings.

Facilitator Team

Terrance D’Ambrosio, NEDCC

Frances Harrell, NEDCC

Deidre Joyce, Syracuse University Libraries

Jenny Mullins, Dartmouth College Libraries

Annie Peterson, LYRASIS

Danielle Spalenka, NEDCC

Ann Marie Willer, NEDCC