The Preservation Management Handbook

The Preservation Management Handbook : A 21st-Century Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

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Cultural heritage professionals-museum curators, museum professionals, archivists and librarians-work with their specialized knowledge to prioritize the needs of their collections. Preservation managers draw on experts in climate control, fire safety, pest management and more in developing the large overview of a collection and its needs. And all the special materials within the collections have their experts too. Here, in one volume, The Preservation Management Handbook offers a wide range of topic-specific expertise that comprises both an enduring text for preservation students as well as an essential one-stop reference for cultural heritage professionals-particularly those in small- to medium sized organizations where resources are limited and professional help is not always at hand.

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 185.42 x 261.62 x 33.02mm | 975.22g
  • AltaMira Press,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 0759123152
  • 9780759123151
  • 424,092

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The recently published The Preservation Management Handbook: A 21st-Century Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums by Ross Harvey and Martha R. Mahard provides a snapshot of what 21st century preservation looks like, and a framework for how to manage preservation in this ever widening context...[I]t can serve as useful reading for anyone working in preservation, and the media section is a particularly handy reference tool. [T]his book seems to be best suited as a textbook for an Introduction to Preservation course. There is a real need for such a text...I am grateful to the authors for tackling the large challenge of perceiving and portraying what preservation looks like, or should look like in the 21st century. Library Preservation 2 The Preservation Management Handbook fills a void in current literature as a textbook for the preservation of information resources in the digital age. The editors and contributors to this volume have served the profession by mapping a new approach to a rapidly changing landscape...The book includes clear explanations of the structure and vulnerabilities of library media and materials, from paper objects and books, to photographs, sound and moving-image materials, digital media, textiles, and paintings... The Preservation Management Handbook is a good resource to keep within reach as an up-to-date compendium, and guide to other resources, on the preservation of library materials. Metropolitan Archivist Ross Harvey and Martha Mahard take preservation out of an institution-specific setting. Of particular value are the authors' thoughtful discussions about longevity, choice, quality, integrity, and access. Their book includes the components one would expect to find in a preservation program: assessment and planning; artifacts and information; risk assessment; the environment; media-specific concerns; and so on. Harvey and Mahard have made an important contribution to preservation by writing a book that will expand the forums in which its basic principles are considered. -- Michele V. Cloonan, Dean Emerita and Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston One of the book's strengths lies in the fact that it addresses the current issues surrounding digital (especially 'born digital') records. This is not surprising as Harvey has written extensively about the subject in other publications. Saving digital records is a growing challenge for most repositories, and it is important that this is addressed in any new overview alongside the more traditional materials and methods. The authors brought in additional specialists to contribute sections to the final part of the book, each in their respective area of expertise. As a result, each specific category of material (paper, photographs, etc.) receives a solid overview that provides a strong introduction for beginners...[I]t is an excellent resource that provides a foundation on which to build further education. The Preservation Management Handbook could be an introductory textbook or a useful reference volume for those with experience. Harvey and Mahard have succeeded in capturing the current state of a field that is changing more rapidly than it has in the past. Technical Services Quarterly

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About Ross Harvey

Ross Harvey is Adjunct Professor in the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He was formerly on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, and has held positions at universities in Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. Visiting Professorships at the University of British Columbia, 2008 and the University of Glasgow, 2007-2008 allowed him to observe digital preservation practice at first hand. Martha R. Mahard is a Professor of Practice at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science where she teaches courses in management of photographic archives, moving image collections, art documentation, and digital preservation. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Library Administration from Simmons.

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