The Indiana University Libraries-Bloomington Born Digital Preservation Lab is part of the Digital Preservation Unit, which resides in Library Technologies. Began in January 2016, the lab aims to develop workflows and procedures to effectively preserve and manage all born-digital content owned by the Libraries, as well as to assist other IU departments and colleges. Please see our documentation below for further information. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or for advice on projects.

Links for Collection Owners

Information for Collection Owners 

Here you will find information on how to work with the BDPL in order to image and ingest your born digital content

Current Format Capacities 

The BDPL is currently able to manage these media format types; if yours is not on the list, please contact us to determine next steps


Media Format Obsolescence

General information for prioritizing physical media in archival processing workflows

Sensitive Data and Storage

How to identify sensitive data and how it can be imaged and stored

Suggested Safe Handling of Born-Digital Physical Media 

Guidelines for how to properly handle and store physical media

Practices and Procedures

Disk Image Accession Procedure

Complex Object Tar Accession Procedure

Born Digital Transfer Via Box 


Decision-making workflow – create a page for how to determine what workflow should be used on a type of media

Staff Guidelines and Workflows

Accession Number Creation Guidelines 

University Archives Procedures

Internal Workflows (staff only)


Born Digital Preservation Lab |

Heidi Dowding, Digital Preservation Librarian | | (812) 856-5295

Luke Menzies, Digital Preservation Assistant |