Conservation and Preservation Services serves multiple audiences:
- The MIT Libraries: CPS provides services in support of staff across the Libraries that address the range of life cycle activities for content of all kinds, from print through reformatting to digital;
- The MIT community: CPS provides guidance, advice, and other services to help MIT faculty, researchers, students, and staff maintain materials they create or manage; and
- The broader community: CPS staff participate actively in local, national, and international professional associations for conservation, digital curation and preservation, and preservation management for libraries, archives, and other domains.
CPS staff are involved in a number of projects funded by local, national, and international organizations.
The Digital Curation and Preservation Library Fellow, one of pair of two-year appointments in a new program that began in October 2012, has been engaged in a range of activities related to the long-term management of digital content types, including contributing to the completion of digital content overviews for a dozen content types; monitoring topics of interest within the scope of community standards and practice for curation and preservation to enhance and extend life-cycle practice at the MIT Libraries; developing outreach materials to raise awareness about the benefits and challenges of curation and preservation; initiating an experiment to linked data approach to implementing the digital content review dataset that results from digital content overviews; and completing a Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies (PREMIS) gap analysis for two collections in DSpace @ MIT.
CPS staff are involved in an ongoing array of instructional activities on campus and beyond to enable and encourage good practice for managing content in all formats. Some examples include:
Nancy McGovern, the lead for the Digital Curation and Preservation unit of CPS, developed and/or serves on the faculty of these continuing education programs:
- Digital Preservation Management (DPM) Workshops: MIT Libraries now hosts the DPM Workshops, a well-known continuing education series that was developed at Cornell University Libraries and has been offered since 2003 to help managers of digital content at any organization to establish sustainable digital preservation programs;
- Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) Institute: a two-part professional program that has been offered since 2008 with instructional and hands-on components to encourage the ongoing, active management of digital content;
- Council on State Archives (CoSA) Advanced Electronic Records Institute: an advanced program offered to the staff of archives in all fifty States and participating U.S. Territories.
- Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE): a program developed for the Library of Congress that includes basic modules on life cycle management for digital content and a train-the-trainer program for instructors.
Outreach and Inreach
Examples of outreach and education to the audiences of CPS:
CPS collaborates with local, national, and international colleagues, for example:
- Visits to and from colleagues at Harvard University, Tufts University, Melbourne University, the North Bennet Street School, and elsewhere to share information and identify collaborative opportunities;
- Scholars from the Universities of York and Manchester presented Books & Beasts: Parchment Identification from Animal Protein Analysis at MIT Libraries on the preliminary results of their collaborative project;
- San Francisco-based imaging expert Carla Schroer visited to give a presentation called “Scientific Computational Photography-based Imaging for Cultural Heritage”;
- Presentation by CPS staff at CurateGear on the Trustworthy Repository Audit and Certification (TRAC) review tool developed by the Digital Curation and Preservation unit of CPS and downloadable from Artefactual.