ATG Book of the Week: Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

by | Aug 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Digital preservationTitle: Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Edward M. Corrado and Heather Lea Moulaison
Paperback: ISBN:978-0-8108-8712-1, $60;  eBook: ISBN: 978-0-8108-8713-8, $59.99
Imprint:  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

Digital Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums represents a new approach to getting started with digital preservation: that of what cultural heritage professionals need to know as they begin their work. For administrators and practitioners alike, the information in this book is presented readably, focusing on management issues and best practices. Although this book addresses technology, it is not solely focused on technology. After all, technology changes and digital preservation is aimed for the long term. This is not a how-to book giving step-by-step processes for certain materials in a given kind of system. Instead, it addresses a broad group of resources that could be housed in any number of digital preservation systems. Finally, this book is about “things (not technology; not how-to; not theory) I wish I knew before I got started…”


Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, & Museums provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art and practice in a single volume. The approach is a pragmatic one that covers the requisite theoretical aspects where needed, and is accessible to the non-technical reader who is willing to learn about some of the detail around technical aspects of digital preservation. Recommended for librarians and archivists, curation professionals in the cultural heritage sector, as well as administrators who need to get up to speed on this topic and unpack issues around it for new programs and services. – Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Corrado and Moulaison have provided a timely and invaluable resource for libraries, archives, and museums grappling with the many challenges of digital preservation. As a museum curator often confused by the complexities of digital preservation, this book offers insight into the questions we should be asking, as well as a systematic approach for dealing with digital preservation. A must-read for all museum professionals! – Shannon Meyer, Senior Curator, Missouri History Museum


Reminder!  Don’t forget that for the first time the Charleston Conference and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Information & Library Science are presenting  Charleston Seminar: Introduction to Data Curation

A must for for anyone interested in digital preservation!”


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