From Web Accession to Web Accessin’: A Gentle Introduction to Web Archiving for Art Libraries (November 28, 2018)

Remodel of LACMA Art+Tech Lab.

Please join the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 for a web archiving workshop.

From Web Accession to Web Accessin’: A Gentle Introduction to Web Archiving for Art Libraries
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 9am–12pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Art + Technology Lab
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Web archiving is a fundamental component of modern archival practice. As publishing has shifted from the print to the digital environment, archivists need to adjust collection policies to include important web-based content that is highly ephemeral and in danger of loss if no action is taken. For the art library community this content includes historically important materials such as web-based auction catalogues, artists’ websites, digital catalogues raisonnés, and museum websites. While most are familiar with the Wayback Machine available at, less are aware that there are a number of tools and services developed for organizations to create their own web archives. Web archives provide permanent URLs for citation and can show how a website has changed over time at a single URL, even if no longer available on the live web. This workshop will introduce participants (15-25) to basic web archiving concepts and challenges. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to build a collection of content archived from the web, which can include their own organization’s web presence, social media, digital exhibitions, or topical content publicly available on the web. Following the workshop, participants will have a searchable archive available to them, including the option of downloading WARC files for long-term preservation or research.

Mary Haberle is a Web Archivist at Archive-It where she provides partner training and support services. Her prior professional experience includes working with archival collections at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. Mary earned her Master of Library and Information Studies degree from McGill University and a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Please note: Participants will be required to provide their own laptops to attend.