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In recent years, workflow modeling, tool development, and collaborative projects have served to advance digital curation, yet archivists continue to struggle with the often resource-intensive demands of their digital content. Building on the idea that appraisal, which the profession has traditionally considered a one-and-done activity, happens throughout the curatorial process, this panel recasts the routine decisions that archivists make as they choose what resources to devote to their digital content. Presenters will share examples of how they have sustained and grown their digital programs through this type of ongoing “micro-appraisal.” Juxtaposing content value with storage options, migration steps, and digitization choices, the presenters will share examples of decision trees and other tiered levels of activity that guide the appraisal of their digital content. Presenters and audience will explore together other areas of “micro-appraisal” and its benefits and consequences.

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A Webinar presentation for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).

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