Are your colleagues coming to you with hard drives containing their digital collections? Are they asking you to help them with their grant proposal sections on sustaining digital collections?  Do you have digital collections that you’ve been saving on CDs and DVDs but you know you have to move them to another storage solution?  Join us at the ASCLA Pre-Conference Workshop Forever is a Long Time: Preservation Planning for Digital Collections, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011.

The pre-conference workshop will provide foundation knowledge for digital librarians, preservation librarians, and managers of digital collaboratives as they work with new and existing partners in planning their digital preservation program.  The newest partners are academic faculty members as they are now required to presented data management plans as part of their grant proposals and city finance managers and city clerks as they are required to assure long term maintenance of electronic files.  Libraries are now being looked to for their skills in managing digital collections.

The workshop will discuss strategies for collaboration, provide an overview of digital preservation standards and best practices, discuss a planning methodology based on risk assessment and strategies for selection of a preservation service or solution.

Faculty for the workshop includes Liz Bishoff, The Bishoff Group LLC, Tom Clareson, LYRASIS, and Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute.  Bishoff, Clareson and Skinner have recently completed a series of workshop funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities.  Previously they have been faculty on the NEDCC Stewardship of Digital Assets workshop.  Each has experience in developing digital preservation plans and working on collaborative initiatives.

Advance registration for this event starts at $175 for ASCLA members, and you can register for just the pre-conference, or add it to your conference registration. For pre-conference-only registration using the online form (login required), select “SO-Preconference and Ticketed Events Only” as the registration type and proceed to select this event from the list of ticketed events. Conference registrants can add this event to their registration, and will find it under the list of ticketed events and pre-conferences in the online form. Event codes are listed above in the event descriptions for those using the printed registration form for fax or mail. Advance registration rates are available through May 13, and prices will increase after that date. Registration for all ASCLA preconferences will close Sunday, June 19.