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Digital Preservation’s Impact on the Environment

Thursday, April 28, 2022
1:00-2:00pm CT
Cost: Free

Digital content is created and collected by everyone, not just libraries and archives. Keeping digital content viable requires not only energy use, but also refreshing the digital storage media and technologies. This webinar will explore the energy consumption and e-waste generated in current preservation infrastructures and actions, and review the environmental impact embodied in the full lifecycle of these infrastructures. It will include recommendations for actions and policies to mitigate digital preservation’s impact on the environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be aware of your individual and organizational practices that could adversely impact the environment
  • Have ideas on how to change their practices

Who Should Attend

Libraries and cultural heritage organizations concerned about their impact on the environment. The webinar is geared to the general public as well as it will review digital storage media and technologies that individuals take for granted.


Linda Tadic is Founder/CEO of Digital Bedrock, a managed digital preservation service that helps libraries, archives, museums, producers, studios, artists, and individuals preserve their digital content. She is also a Lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, teaching a course on Digital Asset Management. She was previously an adjunct professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Her over 35 years’ experience includes positions at HBO, Artstor, the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, and Pacific Film Archive. Linda consults and lectures on digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, metadata, and the impact of digital preservation on the environment. She is a founding member and former President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), and is currently on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Coordinating Committee. Linda is the recipient of the 2021 SMPTE James A. Lindner Archival Technology Medal.

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