7 November 2019 | 10:00 - 12:45 GMT Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland | National Library of Ireland

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Digital Preservation is an issue facing libraries, archives and other sectors in Ireland. The National Library of Ireland's (NLI) Digital Collection team recognise these challenges and we are bringing together the Irish Digital Preservation community for a morning of talks, discussion and networking. Following on from last year's event, and keeping it practical we will delve into the different baby size steps taken by different organisations to get started on the road of digital preservation, and talk about some of the tools and systems they found useful.

Our 2019 Keynote is Patricia Sleeman, UNCHR digital archivist. We will also be joined by some of the leading voices in Digital Preservation in Ireland.

This event is aimed at archivists, librarians and others working with digital content whether born digital or the outputs of digitisation. All are welcome, but booking is essential.

There are a limited number of tickets available to students.

Outline of the day:

10:00 Registration with Tea & Coffee

10:15 Housekeeping and Welcome

10:30 Keynote: Patricia Sleeman,UNCHR

11:25 Maeve Gebruers, Irish Traditional Music Archive

11:45 Hugh Campbell, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

12:05 Della Keating, National Library of Ireland

12:25 Questions and Discussion

12:45 Finish

Speakers' Biographies:

Patricia Sleeman is the UNHCR digital archivist, working there since 2013. She qualified as an archivist in University College Dublin, Ireland. She has worked in the National Archives of Ireland and the University of London on numerous projects including the UK’s National Digital Archive of Datasets, as project manager of the Digital Preservation Training Programme designed by the British Library and Cornell University, as well as many other projects connected to digital preservation, both in the UK and internationally. She has also worked with Un Ponte per..., an Italian NGO in the Middle East, on the protection of cultural property (archives) with the National Library of Iraq. She is a qualified archaeologist and an artist. Fact: She once designed a love stamp for An Post, the Irish postal service.

Maeve Gebruers is from Cobh in Co Cork, is the Archivist & PR Officer at the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) in Dublin. Since graduating with an MA in the History of the Book from the University of London in 1997 Maeve has worked at ITMA, specialising in the care of the Archive's printed & manuscript collections of Irish traditional song, music & dance. She returned to part-time study at University College Dublin in 2016 and graduated in 2018 with an MA in Archives & Records Management. Maeve is currently overseeing the delivery of a new digital repository for ITMA, co-ordinating a team of colleagues, as well as partners in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. The project is developing workflows to streamline the ingest of assets into ITMA’s digital preservation system, while also ensuring these assets are discoverable by the public.

Hugh Campbell joined the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in 1998 as Information Systems Manager. His responsibilities in PRONI have included the development of IS/IT Strategy (including Electronic Records Management), provision of IT services and support and implementation of systems to meet the business needs of PRONI. He was project manager for PRONI’s electronic cataloguing (eCATNI) project from 2005 – 2009 and was involved in the management and delivery of PRONI’s early digitisation projects. He was project manager for PRONI’s Digital Preservation project from August 2012 – March 2015 and now manages the Digital Preservation and IT teams within PRONI.

Della Keating works in Digital Collections at the National Library of Ireland and is an archivist. She started the web archiving programme of the National Library in 2011, and is currently working on a project piloting the collection of unique born digital material as part of the Library’s strategic focus to implement new approaches to collecting born digital content for Ireland. Della has been working with library and archive collections in the public sector for over 20 years including the National Archives of Ireland.

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