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'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started' DPC-DRI Student Conference

Friday, February 8, 2019
Royal Irish Academy

Conference Overview

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and DRI are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Digital Preservation Student Conference, “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started”, to be held in Dublin on Friday 8th February 2019.

The DPC and DRI are pleased to invite students and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a half day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation, sponsored by the ARA, IRMS and DPC Supporters. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.

The conference will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. Next, a group of invited speakers will reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.

Registration is free but spaces are limited, to secure you place please register via the DPC website:


13:15Getting Started with Digital Preservation – Sharon McMeekin, DPC
14:00What I Wish I Knew - Digital Preservation Professionals
15:00Coffee Break
15:30Round Table with the Afternoon’s Speakers
16:30Thanks and Close

Aims and Target Audience

This conference will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants.