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Copeland, A. (2015). Public library: A place for the digital community archive. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture44(1).

From paper’s abstract: This article explores the possibility that public libraries can be repositories for digital community archives. The overarching goal is to establish a case for public libraries’ developing digital community archives that are participatory and which emphasize born-digital items rather than digitized physical items.

Copeland, A. J. (2011). Analysis of public library users’ digital preservation practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(7), 1288–1300.

From paper’s abstract: This research investigated preservation practices of personal digital information by public library users. […] A model emerged which describes the effects of social, cognitive, and affective influences on personal preservation decisions as well as the effects of fading cognitive associations and technological advances, combined with information escalation over time.

Copeland, A. J., & Barreau, D. (2011). Helping people to manage and share their digital information: A role for public libraries. Library Trends59(4), 637–649.

From paper’s abstract: By engaging individuals in the identification and preservation of their own personal, digital objects, it may be possible to increase awareness in, and commitment to, community repositories that reflect a community’s diversity and that will serve all.

Cushing, A. L. (2010). Highlighting the archives perspective in the personal digital archiving discussion. Library Hi Tech28(2), 301–312.

From paper’s abstract: The purpose of this paper is to compare a corpus of the archival literature written by the archival community with the concepts and challenges posed by Catherine Marshall, who exemplifies the personal information management approach.

Kaye, J. Vertesi, J., Avery, S., Dafoe, A., David, S., Onaga, L., Rosero, I, & Pinch, T. (2006). To have and to hold: Exploring the personal archive (p. 275). ACM Press

From paper’s abstract: This paper describes a study of forty-eight academics and the techniques and tools they use to manage their digital and material archiving of papers, emails, documents, internet bookmarks, correspondence, and other artifacts.


Orio, N., Snidaro, L., Canazza, S·, & Foresti, G. L. (2009). Methodologies and tools for audio digital archives. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 10(4), 201–220.

From paper’s abstract: This article gives an innovative approach to metadata extraction from such a complex source material. This article also describes the protocols defined, the processes undertaken, the results ascertained from several audio documents preservation projects and the techniques used.


Zhao, X., Salehi, N., Naranjit, S., Alwaalan, S., Voida, S., & Cosley, D. (2013). The many faces of Facebook: experiencing social media as performance, exhibition, and personal archive (p. 1). ACM Press.

From paper’s abstract: We conducted a qualitative study of 13 participants to reveal their day-to-day decision-making about producing and curating digital traces on Facebook.


Cunningham, A. (2008). Digital curation/digital archiving: A view from the National Archives of Australia. The American Archivist, 71(2), 530–543.

From paper’s abstract: The paper reviews the digital archiving experiences of the National Archives of Australia (NAA), in light of the key messages outlined in the first half of the paper placing those endeavors in the broader Australasian context. These experiences include the NAA’s efforts to promote and facilitate improvements in government recordkeeping, the NAA’s digital preservation project, and the wider challenges of implementing total “end-to-end” digital archiving in an institution already struggling to fund its more traditional activities.

Ray, J. (2012). The rise of digital curation and cyberinfrastructure: From experimentation to implementation and maybe integration. Library Hi Tech30(4), 604–622.

From paper’s abstract: The terms “digital curation” and “cyberinfrastructure” have been coined in the last decade to describe distinct but related concepts of how data can be managed, preserved, manipulated and made available for long‐term use. This paper aims to examine these.

Williams, P., Leighton John, J., & Rowland, I. (2009). The personal curation of digital objects: A lifecycle approach. Aslib Proceedings61(4), 340–363.

From paper’s abstract: This paper aims to set out a coherent intellectual framework to help to better understand how people create, organise, manage, use and dispose of their personal digital archives.

Yakel, E. (2007). Digital curation. OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives23(4), 335–340.

From paper’s abstract: The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of development and recent focus on digital curation and ties it to larger cyberinfrastructure initiatives.


Boardman, R., & Sasse, M. A. (2004). “Stuff goes into the computer and doesn’t come out”: A cross-tool study of personal information management (pp. 583–590). ACM Press.

From paper’s abstract: This paper reports a study of Personal Information Management (PIM), which advances research in two ways: (1) rather than focusing on one tool, [the authors] collected cross-tool data relating to file, email and web bookmark usage for each participant, and (2) [they] collected longitudinal data for a subset of the participants.

Cushing, A. L. (2016). “If it computes, patrons have brought it in”: Personal information management and personal technology assistance in public libraries. Library & Information Science Research38(1), 81–88.

From paper’s abstract: All public libraries in a single US state were surveyed in order to explore the types of personal technology assistance requests the staff received and how they responded to such requests.

Diekema, A. R., & Olsen, M. W. (2014). Teacher personal information management (PIM) practices: Finding, keeping, and re-finding information. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(11), 2261–2277.

From paper’s abstract: [The authors’] research study increases understanding of teacher PIM and informs the development of tools to support educators.

Hardof-Jaffe, S., Hershkovitz, A., Abu-Kishk, H., Bergman, O., & Nachmia, R. (2009). How do students organize personal information spaces? In Educational Data Mining 2009. Retrieved from

From paper’s abstract: The purpose of this study is to empirically reveal strategies of students’ organization of learning-related digital materials within an online personal information archive.

Jacques, J., & Fastrez, P. (2014). Personal information management competences: A case study of future college students. In International Conference on Human Interface and the Management of Information (pp. 320–331). Springer. Retrieved from

From paper’s abstract: The research project presented in this paper aims at modeling the media literacy competences required to organize and manage collections of information in the form of personal and shared digital environments.

Kelly, D. (2006). Evaluating personal information management behaviors and tools. Communications of the ACM, 49(1), 84–86.

From paper’s abstract: The methodological challenges that are addresses by the designers while designing studies of personal information management (PIM) behaviors and tools are discussed.

Trullemans, S., & Signer, B. (2014). From user needs to opportunities in personal information management: A case study on organisational strategies in cross-media information spaces. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (pp. 87–96). IEEE Press. Retrieved from

From paper’s abstract: We present a case study about organisational strategies in cross-media information spaces, consisting of physical as well as digital information.


Cox, R. J. (2008). Personal archives and a new archival calling: Readings, reflections and ruminations. Duluth, Minn: Litwin Books.

From book’s abstract: The book argues that personal archives might be assuming a new importance in society. As the technical means for creating, maintaining, and using documents are improving and becoming more cost-effective, individuals and families are seeking to preserve their old documents, especially traditional paper forms, as a connection to a past that may seem to be in risk of being of being swallowed up in the immense digital gadgetry in our Internet Age.



This piece of hardware was developed by The Software Preservation Society to migrate, duplicate, and preserve information that is stored on floppy disks. It has very sophisticated capabilities, however it is known to be quite cumbersome to use. Scholars from Duke, Emory, UCLA, the University of Texas, and Yale are working together to create a guide that will help users get the most out of this product. It will be available through GitHub after November 2017.