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With resources at a premium, great attention is being paid to persuasive methods and convincing stakeholders to support and advocate for archival and library needs. Digital libraries, like others, are not immune to the seemingly perpetual budget cuts across our field. However, using stories and statistics to illustrate our impact can help advocate for our needs and preserve our digital history. This session will focus on compiling qualitative stories from our patrons with quantifiable statistics to advocate for digital preservation needs. Using Digital Collections at the University of Southern Mississippi as a case study, this session will show examples of patron stories and measurable statistics to advocate for a digital preservation system and larger data preservation needs at the university. While the example is academic, the overall framework is adaptable to all settings.


Presentation given at the 2017 Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference