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The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving


Everyone needs assistance and guidance on managing their personal digital information and library and information professionals are in a unique position to help. This book will help them pass on critical skills and simple principles for how to store, share, and preserve digital objects.
Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) is the collection, management, and preservation of personal materials created in digital media. These materials can include digital photographs and videos, documents, e-mail, websites, and social media content. For information professionals, PDA encourages collaboration with users, with the goals of supporting digital information fluency and assisting individuals in their efforts to preserve their personal and family digital records.
Featuring expert contributors working in a variety of contexts, this practical resource will help librarians empower their users to take charge of their personal digital materials. Coverage includes:

  • explanations of common terms in plain language
  • quick, non-technical solutions to the most frequent user requests
  • guidance on how to archive social media posts, digital photographs and web content
  • an exploration of data, privacy and ethical concerns that must be considered when archiving and curating personal data
  • ways to help plan digital estates as heirlooms and memory objects
  • perspective on balancing core library values with the business goals of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other dominant platforms
  • additional resources and bibliographies for digging deeper.

This book will be useful reading for library and information professionals working in all sectors, archivists and LIS students.

Introduction: Putting Personal Digital Archives in Context – Chelsea GunnPART I: LEARNING ABOUT PERSONAL DIGITAL ARCHIVES BEST PRACTICES 1. Archiving Digital Photographs – Sarah Severson
2. Archiving Social Media – Melody Condron
3. Archiving Web Content – Cameron Cook
4. Archiving Audiovisual Materials – Yvonne Ng
5.Assess, Annotate, Export: Quick Recipes for Archiving Your Personal Digital Life – Jamie Wittenberg and Celia Emmelhainz PART II: PERSONAL DIGITAL ARCHIVES AND PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY AUDIENCES 6.The Washington, DC Public Library's Memory Lab: A Case Study – Jaime Mears
7.Digitizing Memories and Teaching Information Literacy in Queens, NY – Natalie Milbrodt and Maggie Schreiner
8.Community-Based Digital Archiving: The Plateau Peoples' Web Portal at Washington State University – Lotus Norton-Wisla and Michael Wynne PART III : PERSONAL DIGITAL ARCHIVES AND ACADEMIC AUDIENCES 9.Personal Digital Archives Programming at Liberal Arts Colleges – Amy Bocko, Joanna Dipasquale, Rachel Appel, and Sarah Walden Mcgowan
10.Supporting Artists' Personal Archives – Colin Post
11. Personal Digital Archiving as a Bridge to Research Data Management – Sara Mannheimer and Ryer BantaPART IV: SOCIAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF PERSONAL DIGITAL ARCHIVES 12. Avoiding a Gambit for Our Personal Archives – Matt Schultz
13. Digital Photos, Embedded Metadata, and Personal Privacy – Isaiah Beard
14. Black Folk Magic: An Autoethnography of Digitally Archiving Black Millennialhood – Camille Thomas
15. Absent Others: Contemporary Mourning and Digital Estates – Angela Galvan

Brianna H. Marshall is director of research services at the University of California, Riverside. Previously, she was digital curation coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds master of library science and master of information science degrees from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

'This book presents not only good advice on personal digital information management, but also the practice of libraries, which have begun to create services for people to help them with the daunting task of preserving their own digital records. The chapters are written by professionals who know the subject matter well and in most cases are written in clear and easy to read language. The structure helps to find the material that a reader may be interested in.'
-Elena Maceviciute, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borâs

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