International Digital Preservation Day

International Digital Preservation Day November 30, 2017 was the first International Digital Preservation Day (#IDPD17) The goal of this special day, held on the last Thursday of every November, is to promote digital preservation. Everyone; industry, commerce, government, and the public use digital materials. Genealogy and historical records, financial information, medical files, and research data are some examples of data stored digitally in collections all over the world. Over time, digital collections decay or the mediums they are saved on become obsolete. As members of the library and information science community, it is our duty to preserve these collections before they are gone forever. We must keep current with digital preservation standards, transfer collections from old digital media to new ones, and educate the general public about digital archiving.

The Wayne State National Digital Stewardship Alliance is an organization focused on preserving digital. We complete projects assisting local institutions preserve their digital records. Additionally we work towards educating ourselves and our fellow students about the issues digital curators do and will continue to face as technology evolves.

Check out these digital preservation resources:

Library of Congress Digital Preservation 

Digital Preservation Coalition


HathiTrust Tour

What makes a repository “trustworthy,” and why is this trustworthiness important? Come along  Thursday, November 16, to Hathi Trust and learn about the institution and how they completed the process to become a trustworthy digital repository as well as received their TRAC recognition. Further, we will be learning about the levels of digital preservation that they strive for in order to preserve their historical data for future generations.

Here’s a link to Hathi Trust’s website so you can learn more about the institution:

Learn more about TRAC status here:

Meet NDSA in Ann Arbor at 4:00 P.M. at the Buhr Building on University of Michigan’s campus. The building is located at 200 Hill Street (map of Buhr building is attached). The closest Visitor parking to Buhr building is lot SC32 on this map.

If you are interested in carpooling please contact either myself, Allie Penn, at, or Laura Kennedy, The carpool will be leaving Wayne State University at 3:00 P.M.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact either myself, Laura Kennedy, or email


Buhr floorplan


NDSA Conference: Digital Preservation Plans

Check out our conference documents, including the three preservation plans for MOCAD, Detroit Sound Conservancy, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project. The checklist comparing the three plans is also included.

Be on the lookout for more information about our colloquium on Friday, April 27, 2018 on Wayne State University’s Detroit campus.

Help NDSA Student Group Prepare for National Conference!

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Where: Kresge Library, 3rd floor, Room 315 or online at
Free and open to all SIS students

Join the WSU student chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) as we practice for our presentation for the national NDSA conference. We will be heading to Pittsburgh to present on our project, “Preserving Detroit.” Join us with your thoughts and comments to help us in our test run of the presentation.

After the presentation, we will be discussing different speakers and tours for the rest of the semester, as well as projects to work on!