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December 8, 2016

Athenaeum21's Dr Christine Madsen and Megan Hurst presented "Digital Preservation Policy & Strategy: Where Do I Start?" at December's  National Information Standards Organization (NISO) /  National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) joint virtual conference "Making Certain Digital Content is Preserved: Archiving Digital Resources,” curated and moderated by Jill O'Neill.

As publishers, libraries and museums increasingly create, collect, and depend upon digital data and collections, preservation policies and strategies are more important than ever. Digital preservation policies should be designed in such a way that they will actually be used and referred to and they should align with overall digital strategy. Madsen presented a simple framework for getting started (or re-started) on digital preservation in your organization.

 Dr Christine Madsen is co-founder and principal of Athenaeum21 Consulting, where she works with libraries an...

The User Studies Working Group, one of four working groups in the DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG), has released the white paper “Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries.”


Megan Hurst, of Athenaeum21, served on the Review Team for the white paper. The research project and writing of the white paper spanned over a year, and was carried out by a team from US research libraries and supporting organizations.


“Surveying the Landscape” identifies the strengths and gaps in the current literature on three topics related to use and usability of digital libraries:


Making usability studies more accessible to librarians (“usability studies”)


Tracking the return on investment (ROI) for digital libraries (“return on investment”)


Developing a better understanding of the reuse of digital library materials (“content reuse”)


Building on this white paper, the User Studies Working Group will begin work on two new projects in 2016. N...

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