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Library collections remain an integral piece of our value to communities. As the nature of collections change, how are library professionals managing their work in new ways?

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Preservation Week 101
Saturday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Preservation Week is an annual event sponsored by ALCTS held at the end of April that promotes and publicizes the importance of preservation of cultural heritage. In addition to national programming, institutions across the country are encouraged to plan their own local Preservation Week events. 

I’m Gonna Live Forever: Assess the Preservation of your Digital Collections
Saturday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Are your digital collections on track to last as long as you need them to? Find out using the newly-released Digital Preservation Assessment Handbook. This session reports on the NEH-funded Digital Assessment Training program, and the speakers, representing partners and participants from various stages of the project, will report on the project’s findings and describe how they align with our profession’s goals to responsibly steward digital materials. 

Listen Up!: How Libraries Can Help Podcasters Face the Challenges of Preservation
Saturday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
There is a big problem in the podcast universe: that, like all popular mass mediums, podcasts are at risk of disappearing in the face of rapid shifts in platform, delivery, and recording technology. This issue has been identified by those in the field of archiving and preservation as endemic to mass media technologies to date (such as reel-to-reels, VHS tapes and CDs). It is even more of a worry for digital content that can be easily wiped, corrupted, or replaced with a software update. 


Advocacy in Acquisitions: Defining Value, Expanding Roles, and Staffing Intentionally
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
The evolution of collections and services provided by the contemporary library are changing the nature of traditional acquisitions activities and jobs. Effective advocacy for these evolving roles is now a necessary part of the work of evaluating organizational needs, linking these needs to position responsibilities, and moving ahead with both reorganizations and recruitment. 

Collections Security
Sunday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The need to provide access to collections and the information held within is at the core of preservation activities; however, sometimes preservation and access are at odds with one another when collection items are at a security risk. Providing access while balancing the safety and security of collections is a daily challenge and one that changes depending on the situation. 

The Benefits and Challenges of Learning Analytics Afforded User Identification: An Analysis of Search Terms and eBook Downloads
Sunday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
This presentation will share a first-person account of the experiences of a library director and an institutional research and training director – detailing how they purchased search term and eBook download data from a major discovery tool vendor, their processes for working through the analysis of data and how they dealt with limitations related to not being able create a one-to-one link between patron search data and eBook downloads during the same period. 


Difficult Discussions: Diversity in Digital Collections and Archives
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Ensuring broad and diverse representation in digital archives and collections is crucial. Diversity can involve a number of factors, including diversity of opinion, ability, ethnicity, race, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, religion, language, and sexual orientation. Unless digital archives and collections are able to include materials representing a wide spectrum of human experience, they can only tell partial and incomplete stories. Unfortunately, a number of barriers, such as the cost of, and access to, technology, can limit the scope of digital collections and prevent them from being truly inclusive. Diversity among those creating and maintaining these collections is particularly vital, both for its own sake and in order to avoid perpetuating “blind spots” in the selection of materials for acquisition and digitization projects.