My name is Tim Walsh. I am a digital preservationist and software developer based in Montreal. I work as the Digital Preservation Librarian at Concordia University.
Prior to joining Concordia University Library, I was a 2018 Summer Fellow at the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard University. Between 2015-2018 I planned and implemented a 5 FTE digital preservation program as the Digital Archivist at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. While working on my MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons University (then Simmons College) in Boston, I was lucky enough to work and be mentored in archives and/or digital preservation at Harvard Business School Historical Collections, Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives, and the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.
Some of my areas of interest and expertise include:
- Digital architecture and design records
- Management of sensitive information in digital archives
- Environmental sustainability of digital preservation
- Digital preservation repository system planning and design
- Digital forensics and digital processing workflows
- Scripting and automation
- Web archiving
In 2018 I was featured in an Atlas Obscura article about software preservation (The Quest for a Universal Translator for Old, Obsolete Computer Files) and I’m still glowing.
Other mentions of my work and examples of my software in use include:
- “Improving Workflows at UNC Libraries’ Wilson Special Collections Library”, Erica Titkemeyer and Jessica Venlet, bloggERS!: The Blog of SAA’s Electronic Records Section, 16 October 2018.
- “GVSU Scripted IR Curation in the Cloud”, Matt Schultz and Kyle Felker, bloggERS!: The Blog of SAA’s Electronic Records Section, 11 September 2018.
- “Adapting the Disk Imaging Workflow”, Lance Thomas Stuchell, Bits and Pieces: Digital Preservation and Research Data (University of Michigan Library blog), 29 May 2018.
- “Expertmeeting: Archiving Digital Architectural Heritage”, Lotte Haagsma, Het Nieuwe Instituut, April 2018.
- “Designing the Future Landscape: Digital Architecture, Design & Engineering Assets”, Aliza Leventhal, Library of Congress report, 12 March 2018.
- “Review: Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention”, Matthew Allen, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 76, No. 2, June 2017.