Final week

It has been a remarkable journey of learning new things and working directly with Digital Collection service. This was my final week of internship. I was able to accomplish the assigned projects on time. Through this internship, I have learned how to work collaboratively with other units and team members, how DCS department manages the overall IU’s digital collections online, how born digital preservation lab ingests the digital content. I am thankful to my supervisor for his continuous support and expertise, I have learned a lot from him. Overall, it was a wonderful experience!


While going through the unique digital collection of Indiana University, it has been interesting to see all the historical digitized images and documents. I have come across many “classified” collection, such as unique set of Brevier Legislative Reports published biennially from 1858 to 1887, verbatim reports of the legislative history of the Indiana General Assembly during those years. This is my final internship week, I have been learning a lot about IU’s digital collection and the IU Digital Library Program.

Digital Collection Documentation

Currently, I am working on a project called Digital Collection Documentation that I find quite intriguing. For this project, I am reviewing and documenting 70 digital collections of IU for appraisal. Based on the findings of this documentation, DCS will make decision to keep or continue those digital collection online. Working in this project, I have been learning the appraisal criteria that are required for digital preservation.


Last week, I attended with my supervisor a zoom meeting and learned about Rip-station workflow from Digital Curator Librarians at the University of Michigan. My supervisor introduced me with this workflow earlier and I had an opportunity to see the process during the meeting. Through this workflow, it’s convenient for a curator/archivist to keep tracking the optical media preservation ingest process and the metadata, at the same time.

Tiered Digital Preservation Strategies

I have accomplished my first project about research current trends and approaches for tiered digital preservation strategies in academic libraries and archives. For this project, I have created a document with annotated bibliography that will be useful for staff in Digital Collection Service. In addition, I did draft a survey for digital preservation professionals regarding planning or implementation of tiered digital preservation strategies. I acknowledged that other academic libraries and archives are using relatively similar strategies for digital preservation. However, the level of preservation depends on digital collection’s format.

Python tool

Hello! Today, I came across an interesting way to learn Python tool that can be used to implement the ingest process and submission information package creation of digital contents in the IU Libraries’ Born Digital Preservation Lab (BDPL). This tool designed to guide BDPL staff to transfer and analysis workflow steps as determined by the type of content. Nonetheless, the tool generates log files and records basic Preservation metadata in the spreadsheet for digital preservation.

Ingest Process

Today, I have learned how to use ingest tool for digital preservation. Using ingest tool, data can be transferred from digital content, such as floppy disk, optical media, into the repository with metadata. This migration process is a part of submission information packages. In addition, the ingest process analyzes data and identifies the sensitive information. Moreover, today I attended a presentation on ‘Sharing Collections through Digital Databases’ by Dr. Mia Ridge, British Library Digital Curator. It seems that they share similar techniques for digital curation as we do. However, I found her presentation informative!

Digital Preservation Model

This week I have learned about the current trends and practices of a tiered digital preservation model in IU and other peer institutions. I have gained knowledge about the process of submission information package and the workflow that is an integral part of the digital preservation model. In addition, I attended a meeting with the personnel of archive department in order to learn more about submission information package.

Digital Preservation Strategies

Hello! This week I am learning the current strategies of digital preservation and the repository that preserve the content in the form it was originally deposited and, for some formats, structure and functionality of the files through migration or other preservation strategies. In addition, I have comprehended the repository will provide basic services including secure storage, fixity-checks, and periodic refreshment by copying the data to new storage media. I am looking forward to learning more digital preservation strategies.