Webinars are a great introduction to complex topics like Digital Preservation. The webinars below will give you a good overview, as well as some specific advice.

Digital Preservation: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association) discusses the fundamentals of digital preservation. After the session, attendees will be able to define digital preservation, discuss significant threats to digital materials, describe tools for addressing these threats, explain three key concepts of digital preservation, and be able to identify sources for further information on the topic. Intended audience members are library staff with responsibilities for digital projects and those interested in getting an introduction of the basics of digital preservation.

Caring for Digital Materials: Preventing a Digital Dark Age

Libraries, archives, and museums are also increasingly active in preserving community materials that are “born” digital, including photographs, audio, video, and websites. This five-part course reviews best practices for the care of digital materials and features case studies that illustrate the best, and worst, experiences of cultural heritage institutions in their efforts to prevent a digital dark age. It is a part of the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures—Today series, from Connecting to Collections.

CARLI Digital Preservation Webinar Series

This series of four webinars is presented by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois Digital Preservation Trainers and coveres the six digital preservation “modules” created by the Library of Congress’ Department of Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE): Overview, Identify and Select, Store and Protect, and Manage and Provide.