Saturday, January 28, 2006

Event: Digital Preservation in State Governments

I received this notice in e-mail.

You are invited and encouraged to attend...

Digital Preservation in State Governments: Best Practices Exchange 2006
March 27-28, 2006
Wilmington, NC, Hilton Riverside Hotel
Registration Deadline: February 23, 2006

This 2-day meeting, hosted by the State Library of North Carolina, provides a forum for staff from state governments and other organizations working to implement solutions for preservation and access to digital collections to come together and exchange hands-on experiences, lessons learned, and best practices in building digital repository systems; collecting and appraising digital assets; metadata; access to digital archives; digital preservation; and other areas. The "Exchange" also provides an excellent opportunity for you, educators in the field, to share your knowledge, exchange ideas, and forge relationships with practitioners in libraries and archives (librarians, archivists, records managers, IT professionals, product developers) that will be beneficial for everyone involved.

The meeting format is somewhat non-traditional in that there are no "official" presentation sessions. Rather, participants are asked to register their interests and willingness to share experiences in particular topic sessions where open discussions (with some moderating) will take place. There will be multiple sessions for each topic which should result in rich discussions and results. For more information on the meeting format, go to the meeting website at

While the State Library cannot cover or assist with travel or meeting expenses for attendees, the registration fee is only $150 and we have negotiated an excellent rate with the Hilton Riverside in Wilmington: $59.75 for both single and double occupancy (you can't beat it!). Wilmington is served by two major airlines and is only a 2 hour drive from the Raleigh-Durham area.

We currently have 40+ participants registered representing the state libraries and/or archives in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as various university libraries, the Library of Congress, OCLC, and the Internet Archive. We hope you will consider joining us.

For registration information and meeting details, go to the Best Practices Exchange 2006 website at

If you have questions, please contact Christy Allen at 919-807-7447 or

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