Managing Preservation for Libraries and Archives: Current Practice and Future Developments

Managing Preservation for Libraries and Archives: Current Practice and Future Developments


Edited by John Feather


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 188 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754607054
  • ISBN 13: 9780754607052
  • Sales rank: 1,366,043

Product description

The preservation of library and archival materials can encompass everything from bookbinding and paper repair to new techniques for maintaining and exploiting digital text, sound or images. This book brings together an international team of contributors presenting the latest findings on key areas of preservation and addressing the most common storage and retrieval problems for different types of media. The authors also revisit traditional preservation and conservation approaches and suggest how to develop policies for the future. First summarizing historical developments, the book sets out key preservation principles, rationales for selecting materials for preservation, and how to choose the best methods. Different contributors report on state-of-the-art preservation techniques for paper media and sound archives, and explain how the appropriate techniques can be applied and how storage and access can best be managed in the long term. Later chapters analyse the benefits and problems of digitising different types of materials; the long-term viability of digital media; issues of access to digital surrogate documents as opposed to the original medium; and the challenges in the digital context of bibliographical control, cataloguing, metadata, distribution and copyright protection. An extensive chapter on international information sources provides signposting to a wealth of guidance on the latest techniques. Managing Preservation for Libraries and Archives will guide readers working in the library, archives, museum and heritage sectors through the choices between digital and traditional preservation techniques, and prepare them for likely future developments in managing both preservation and access.

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Table of contents

Introduction - principles and policies, John Feather; The malleability of fire - preserving digital information, Colin Webb; Selection for digital preservation - dilemmas and issues, Majlis Bremer-Laamanen and Jani Stenvall; Issues in the long-term management of digital material, Adrienne Muir; Preserving paper - recent advances, Rene Teygeler; Sound recordings, Dietrich Schuller; Preservation management - sources of information, Graham Matthews; The future, Marie-Therese Varlamoff.