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Digital POWRR team wins Preservation Publication Award

June 16, 2015

POWRR logo“From Theory to Action: ‘Good Enough’ Digital Preservation Solutions for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions” is the recipient of the Preservation Publication Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

The award will be presented at a ceremony during the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland, scheduled from Aug. 16 to 22.

Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation and, through this acknowledgment, encourages outstanding achievement by others.

“From Theory to Action” summarizes the findings of the Digital POWRR: Preserving digital Objects With Restrict Resources project, funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant.

Jaime Schumacher, Lynne Thomas, Drew VandeCreek and other members of the Digital POWRR team examined how small and midsized institutions can achieve standards for digital preservation without the funding sources or technical expertise found in larger institutions. NIU was the principle investigator along with four other Illinois universities: Chicago State, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan and Western Illinois.

“Practitioners at small to midsized institutions often struggle to find solutions to their digital preservation problems,” members of the award committee wrote. “This study encourages those practitioners to successfully solve their problems and meet their digital preservation goals.”