Are you faced with the challenge of preserving electronic records? Then "What are my options?" is one of the first questions that you need answered to make an informed decision.


This class addresses the criteria for a "preservation format," the use of PDF/A as a preservation format, the limitations of PDF, the ISO PDF/A standard, the processes for converting electronic documents to PDF, quality control procedures, and general preservation management for PDFs.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:

  • Identify the criteria for a "preservation format"
  • Recognize the limitations and benefits of PDF and PDF/A in the context of preservation
  • Outline processes for converting electronic documents to PDF/A
  • Implement quality control and identification procedures to ensure that preservation is maintained


Who Should Attend?
Archivists and others who must deal with the conversion of electronic records to long-term, or persistent, formats


What You Should Already Know:
Registrants should have a basic understanding of the portable document format.


DAS Core Competency:

  • 5. Strategically plan for the sustainability of digital archives.


If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Webinar Information
Webinar Date:
June 02, 2015
Webinar Information
Date Presented:
July 01, 2015 10:00 AM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Preservation Formats in the Context of PDF

Glen McAninch


Glen McAninch retired from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), Public Records Division as Manager for the Technology Analysis and Support Branch at KDLA, a unit responsible for Division application support and development of an Electronic Records Archive. Prior to KDLA, he worked in special collections units at both the University of Kentucky Libraries and the University of Georgia Libraries.


Glen has served on committees and given presentations at meetings of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), the Library of Congress sponsored National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), the Kentucky Council on Archives (KCA), and the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA).


He currently serves on the SAA Digital Archives Specialist Education Subcommittee and the NDSA Content Working Group. His last presentation “Digital Preservation and Records Management in the Cloud” took place at the SAA 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.


He holds a Master of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.

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