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Update: Digital Preservation in the Canadian Landscape

Library and Archives Canada, with the support of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, is collaborating with the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) to present a pre-conference, full-day session on digital preservation.

The ACA session will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Weldon Law Building, Room 105, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The keynote speakers will be Martha Anderson, Director of Program Management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress and Dr. Francine Berman, Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.

The ACA session will explore the current Canadian situation regarding the preservation of valued digital information in Canada. The goals are to share information, to identify gaps and to build potential partnerships for further collaboration within Canada. The focus of the presentations will be on the emerging digital preservation infrastructure in Canada, its established networks, its trusted digital repositories and on collaborations. Other presentations will be on individual Canadian projects: challenges, lessons learned, and proposed solutions. The session will conclude with a panel summary. Afterwards, participants will be invited to discuss the gaps in the Canadian scene and to address what is needed to move forward.

Anyone with an interest in digital preservation is encouraged to attend. This session is open to archivists, librarians, curators, digital collection managers, technologists, IM professionals and developers in the digital information domain. The provisional program is attached. Click here to register today!

Note: The Canadian Library Association pre-conference session proposed for Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Edmonton, Alberta has been cancelled due to insufficient registration.