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Thursday, August 1 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Email Archiving (NEW! DAS)

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Class size is limited to ensure interaction between the instructor(s) and participants. Pre-conference Course fees are in addition to conference fees.

Email is a story keeper and a storyteller; over 3.5 billion people currently use email, and on an average day, 281 billion messages are sent and received. Amidst the daily chatter, email evidence accumulates, and the future historian bides their time until the day when they can sift through the email archives, piecing together tomorrow’s histories.

To enable this future research, libraries and archives must capture, preserve, and provide access to the evidence that email holds. Yet to date, relatively few archival programs have taken that leap in a systematic way. Part of the problem is complexity. Email is not one thing, but a complicated interaction of technical subsystems for composition, transport, viewing, and storage. Archiving email involves multiple processes. Archivists must build trust with donors, appraise collections, capture them from many locations, process email records, meet privacy and legal considerations, preserve messages and attachments, and facilitate access.

Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $219 / $269
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $289
Nonmembers: $299 / $369

Credits: .75 CEUs, 5 ARCs, 1 DAS Tools & Services

avatar for Tricia Patterson

Tricia Patterson

Senior Digital Preservation Specialist, Harvard Library
Tricia Patterson is a Digital Preservation Analyst at Harvard Library, where she supports digital preservation initiatives across the library, such as web archiving and disk image content modeling. She also leads the library's email archiving programmatic activities, including the... Read More →

Christopher J. Prom

Assistant University Archivist and Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Christopher J. Prom is the assistant university archivist and associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is responsible for managing digital projects, supervising archival processing, and overseeing records scheduling.His... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Grand Salon 1, [Level 4]