Digital handmaid: six years practice with born-digital materials

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Tuesday 26th November, 2013

2:00pm to 2:25pm (NZMT)

Alexander Turnbull Library has been collecting, arranging and describing, unpublished born-digital materials since 2001. With the inception of the National Digital Heritage Archive in 2007, an inaugural position of Digital Materials Librarian was created with the unique role to support staff in the description and management of born-digital materials in the unpublished collections. Since then, born-digital collecting has been integral to the work of the Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Library of New Zealand is recognised as a world leader in the field.

As leaders we have had to learn by trial and error. Our procedures, business practices, tools and standards for archival description have been based on traditional physically tangible collections. Consequently born-digital collections have challenged these to the core. In turn the born-digital collections are getting larger and more complex. This presentation will use case studies to illuminate the changes, challenges, and improving practices of collecting and managing born digital materials.

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Kirsty Cox

Research Librarian, Digital Materials at National Library of New Zealand bio from LinkedIn

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Time 2:00pm2:25pm NZMT

Date Tue 26th November 2013


Rangimarie 1, Te Papa Tongarewa

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