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Friday, May 30 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Electronic Media Session) 'At Your Microservices': a roadmap to preserving digital objects

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Increasingly, the UCLA Library is producing and collecting a wide variety of digital objects and collections. We are the stewards of archival audio and video files digitized from analog magnetic tape; video files produced with cell phone cameras by activists; email correspondence of professors and literary authors; social media accounts; computer-aided design architectural files; amongst many other types of reborn digital and born-digital files. Along with the sundry nature of these digital collections comes a diverse set of preservation risks and needs. This session explores this wide-ranging set of preservation issues from the perspectives of the Head of Preservation at the UCLA Library, the Audiovisual Preservation Specialist, and the Special Collections Digital Archivist.

The Head of Preservation will present the organizational role of preservation and collections care in building collaborative methodologies between the various departments and expertise required for effective digital stewardship.

The AV Preservation Specialist will discuss the specific digital preservation issues stemming from the recently created in-house AV reformatting lab and large-scale outsourced AV reformatting projects. The crux of the issue is size: roughly one hour of analog video reformatted to digital files is 100 GB. With one of our recent smaller collections, this left us with approximately 11 TB of 120 digital video files to preserve. On the other spectrum, a collection of 2,000 born-digital cell phone videos was only 10 GB. With only one full-time AV staff member, one part-time graduate assistant, and a handful of interns, these files and their accompanying metadata require a detailed preservation plan that is as automated as possible.

With the aim to address digital preservation holistically, the Digital Archivist will demonstrate the “micro-curation service framework,” which offers a variety of services to meet the many needs of our organization. Micro-curation services (or micro-services) are individual automated services designated “micro” due to their granularity. This modular approach with self-contained services including metadata creation, file identity, fixity, replication, and storage, allows for flexibility in ensuring the preservation of digital objects.


Dawn Aveline

Preservation Officer, UCLA Library
Dawn Aveline recently assumed the role of Preservation Officer at the UCLA Library. Prior to this, Dawn worked as preservation specialist and library assistant in the department. Dawn holds a BA in French from Indiana University and earned an MLIS with a focus in archival studies... Read More →
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Gloria Gonzalez

Library Strategist, Zepheira
Gloria uses Linked Data principles and tools to provide solutions for archives and libraries to make their collections visible on the Web. As Library Strategist for Zepheira and the Libhub Initiative, Gloria works with public and academic libraries, archives, special collections... Read More →
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Siobhan Hagan

Audiovisual Archivist, University of Baltimore
Siobhan Hagan obtained her B.A. in Film and Video Production from Loyola Marymount University in 2007, and her M.A. in 2010 from New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Siobhan was hired as the UCLA Library’s first Audiovisual Preservation Specialist... Read More →

Friday May 30, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
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