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Preserving Digital Information: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Gregory S. Hunter
Item Number: 978-1-55570-353-0
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $72.00
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185 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-353-0
Year Published: 2000

Preserving electronic information presents a new challenge for librarians, archivists, and others. Both large and small organizations are now responsible not only for preserving print resources but for preserving digital information on disks, networks, CD-ROMs, and other electronic media as well.

This unique manual shows how to apply the "best practices" recommended by professional associations and experts for preserving information in electronic formats. You’ll find specific guidance in all aspects of preserving digital information including recommended storage considerations, file format issues, preserving e-mail messages and Web pages, and technical aspects of digital imaging. The author, one of the nation’s most respected preservation professionals, outlines a seven-step approach to implementing a system for preserving digital records. The nature of digital information, media fragility, technical obsolescence, system integrity, and "the digital record" are covered. Get practical expert advice for managing the process— and ensuring that today’s digital libraries will be preserved and useable by future generations.

This manual is the winner of the Society of American Archivists' (SAA) 2001 Preservation Publications Award. It was described by its nominator as "a through and systematic review of the issues, best practices, and challenges associated with the preservation of digital objects.


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