Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Book: Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Book cover
Continuing with highlighting books from Rowman & Littlefield, an exhibitor at the ALISE 2018 conference, next up...

In 2017, Edward M. Corrado (University of Alabama) and Heather Moulaison Sandy (University of Missouri) released the second edition of Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums According to the publisher:
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 is concerned with the life cycle of the digital object in a robust and all-inclusive way. Many Europeans and some North Americans may refer to digital curation to mean the same thing, taking digital preservation to be the very limited steps and processes needed to insure access over the long term. The authors take digital preservation in the broadest sense of the term: looking at all aspects of curating and preserving digital content for long term access.
This book is available in both hard and soft covers, as well as in an ebook edition.

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