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IMLS Digital POWRR Project - Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources

While many larger institutions have made considerable headway on digital preservation, many medium and smaller sized institutions have struggled to make similar progress, largely due to a lack of economy of scale. This project will investigate, evaluate, and, at its close, recommend scalable, sustainable digital preservation solutions for libraries with smaller amounts of data and/or fewer resources. Working closely with nationally recognized standards-based vendors of digital preservation solutions, the project will also investigate potential business models that would provide equitable access to digital preservation to libraries of all sizes. The Northern Illinois University Libraries will carry out this research with a board of advisors and partner libraries at Chicago State University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Western Illinois University.

Project Staff

  • Project Investigator: Lynne Thomas (Curator, Rare Books/Special Collections)
  • Project Investigator: Drew Vandecreek (Director of Digital Initiatives and Co-Director, Digital Convergence Lab)
  • Project Director: Jaime Schumacher
  • Technical Coordinator: Stacey Erdman (Digital Collections Curator)
  • Programmer: Nathan Books (Repository Developer)
  • Regional History Center Liaison: Danielle Spalenka (Curator of Manuscripts, Regional History Center)
  • Systems Administrator: Joseph Thomas (Network Administrator, Technology Initiatives and Support Services)
  • Graduate Assistant: Amanda Miller

Past Team Members

Partner Institutions

Advisory Group

Information and/or Resources by Advisory Group Members

Project Sponsors

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.

Project Website

Project Workplan, Calendar, & Annual Updates

Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes from 2012

Meeting Notes from 2013

Working Materials & Documents

Case Studies

Conference/Dissemination/Presentation Material

One Pagers tailored to educate different professionals

IRB Documentation

Tool Functionality Evaluation

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