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Webinar: Analog to Digital Government Records Transformation

November 9th 2023

11:00 AM EST | 8:00 AM PST

Microfilm. Bound volumes. Photographs. Paper files. Maps. Oversize materials. These and other analog formats contain a wealth of valuable information relating to critical government functions that may be in high demand from your constituents. Government agencies with a backlog of valuable information still in analog formats can transform that content and increase accessibility for government employees, citizens and other stakeholders with digitization. But careful planning is necessary to ensure that:

  • enough metadata is generated so that the resulting digital images are easily discoverable in a virtual format AND
  • the resulting images and metadata are cared for properly so that digitized collections are still accessible in 5, 10, 20 or 100 years.

In this webinar, Preservica and our partners at Backstage Library Works will explore how government agencies can, with careful planning, digitally transform their backlog, maximize the discoverability of that information with metadata, and ensure that the investment in digitization is properly cared for and protected with digital preservation.


Lori Ashley, Principal Tournesol Consulting

Lori Ashley is an independent consultant and change agent specializing in records management and digital preservation who has advised more than 100 private and public sector organizations. From 2017 -2021 she was Preservica’s Industry Market Development Manager where she analyzed cross-industry and sector requirements to inform global marketing efforts and the company’s active digital preservation product roadmap.

Lori is a long-time member of ARMA International and has served the association at the chapter and national level. She has been an adjunct instructor for graduate courses in Records Management and Archival Studies. Lori co-developed a digital preservation capability maturity model (DPCMM) and web-based self-assessment tool ( with Dr. Charles Dollar that has been used by the US Council of State Archivists (CoSA), ICA’s Section of International Organizations (SIO), and more than 250 other organizations to educate, advocate, and advance electronic records management and digital preservation initiatives.

Kelly Barrall, Vice President Digitization Services, Backstage Library Works

Kelly Barrall joined the Backstage Library Works team in May 1989. In addition to other posts in the company, Kelly was appointed to Vice President of Digitization Services in 2018.  Prior to this appointment, she served as the Production Operations Manager, where she was responsible for managing all digitization production, the schedule, and quality control. She managed the department and staff, along with the workflow, quality assurance and project schedules. Kelly has taken numerous management training courses.

In her current role, Kelly is responsible for managing the overall financial welfare of the digitization department; including staffing levels and equipment purchases. Kelly works directly with the management team to develop specifications and workflow efficiencies for new projects. 

Simone Wagner, Configuration Specialist, Preservica

Simone Wagner is a Product Software Configuration Specialist at Preservica, working to tailor Preservica software to particular industry use cases. She holds a BA/BFA from The New School University and MLIS from Simmons University. With experience in technical training and support, as well as digital collections management, she has held positions at organizations such as the New York Public Library, the Boston Architectural College, and Springshare.