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Email Archiving: A Collaborative Journey



This panel provides insight into the current and future developments in email archiving. The five panelists will describe active email archiving developments, which collectively contribute to the broader community's efforts to build flexible, efficient services to meet email archiving challenges.


Each panelist will provide significant updates about their efforts, followed by an interactive discussion. The panelists will provide opportunities for the audience to steer the conversation so that we collectively examine the state of email archiving today while building the capacity to address real-life preservation needs.

1.     The Email Archiving: Building Capacity and Community (a regrant program), Ruby Martinez

2.     Integrating Preservation Functionality into ePADD, Stephen Abrams

3.     Attachment Converter: Preserving the Context of Electronic Correspondence, Matt Teichman

4.     Mailbag: A Stable Package for Email with Multiple Formats, Gregory Wiedeman

5.     Developments in EA-PDF, Chris Prom




Ruby Martinez

Email Archives Community Fellow

Ruby Martinez is the Email Archives Community Fellow and recent MS/LIS graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She coordinates the Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community regrant program.


Chris Prom

Associate Dean for Digital Strategies, University of Illinois

Chris Prom is Associate Dean for Digital Strategies in the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a PhD in History from the University of Illinois.  He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and previously served as its Publications Editor and Chair of the Publications Board.   He is currently directing two grant projects: Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community and Email Archiving in PDF: From Initial Specification to Community of Practice.


Stephen Abrams

Head of Digital Preservation, Harvard Library

Stephen Abrams is head of digital preservation at the Harvard Library, with responsibility for policy, strategy, and innovation regarding long-term stewardship of Harvard’s rich digital collections.


Gregory Wiedeman

University Archivist, University at Albany, SUNY


Gregory Wiedeman is the university archivist at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he oversees the University Archives and supports born-digital collecting and systems implementation.


Matt Teichman

Programming Specialist, University of Chicago Library

Matt Teichman is a Programming Specialist at the University of Chicago Library, where he writes custom software for librarians. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Master's Program in Computer science at the University of Chicago and produces and is the lead host of the Elucidations podcast.