Intermediate resources in this bibliography are all free. They tend to focus on managing and preserving certain kinds of content. Use of these resources might take some effort, but they will not require computer programming skills.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
Personal [Digital] Archiving (Digital Preservation – Library of Congress)
Resources, advice, and best practices on PDA from the Library of Congress. Covers a wide variety of media types. Most pages can be exported into PDFs to create helpful guides and handouts.
Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit – Digital Preservation (Library of Congress)
Handouts designed to be distributed to participants at events hosted by libraries — but why wait for a program to be sponsored? These resources are perfectly good as self-service tools and are supported by the Library of Congress.
Archive of the Jisc (UK) Digital Media project
Ended in 2016, much of the content on this site is still very relevant to questions of digital media use. The link above is to the website’s archive.
GUIDELINES AND OVERVIEWS
Guidelines for Creators of Personal Archives: Eleven Top Tips for Preserving Your Personal Data (Paradigm)
A list of essential actions and their frequency, along with key information to help you succeed. This resource was created by the Paradigm project in the UK in 2005-2007, but it’s every bit as valid today as it was back then.
Preserving Your Digital Memories (The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, A collaborative Initiative of the Library of Congress) http://digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/documents/PA_All_brochure.pdf
A broad overview of steps for preserving a number of formats that will be of broad interest.
Redwine, G. (2015). Personal Digital Archiving. (DPC Technology Watch Series No. DPC Technology Watch Report 15-01). Salisbury, UK: Charles Beagrie Ltd. Retrieved from http://www.dpconline.org/component/docman/doc_download/1460-twr15-01.
Personal Digital Archiving: Managing Born-digital Audiovisual Collections Across the Lifecycle (Howard Besser, Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University)
This PDF shows slides of a PowerPoint presentation created by Howard Besser, Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. It includes in-depth background information, details common problems and pitfalls, and provides highlights of PDA conferences. Besser also provides numerous links to additional resources and tools for archiving audiovisual materials.