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Protecting Your Library's Digital Sources: The Essential Guide to Planning and Preservation
Miriam B. Kahn
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0873-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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120 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0873-0
Year Published: 2004
Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Bad things can happen to good digital resources—from floods and fires to hackers and computer crashes. Both library staff and customers are dependent on costly hardware, software, and electronic collections. Electronic information may be more susceptible to problems than print. Storage issues and long-term accessibility for digital materials requiring dated or obsolete hardware often can be overlooked. Without a plan for containment and recovery, a collection or library may have to close, either temporarily or permanently.

Preservation and disaster expert Kahn brings clear guidance and practical expertise to address libraries' worst-case scenarios before they happen. Providing both short- and long-term planning and preservation tips, Kahn provides critical pre-emptive advice to help you
  • Protect and preserve the right information
  • Adapt 29 proven, all-encompassing checklists and forms that address the issues
  • Learn from real-life experiences shared in four case studies
  • Keep up to date with cutting edge solutions using the comprehensive bibliography

This is the authoritative e-preservation resource for reference librarians, preservationists, archivists, and records managers who create and maintain electronic resources. Library directors and managers responsible for creating disaster plans as well as those in computer services and information technology departments will benefit from this comprehensive guide.
About the Author

Miriam B. Kahn, MLS, has been working in preservation since 1989. She is currently president of MBK Consulting, founded in 1991. Consulting with libraries, cultural institutions, corporations, and other organizations on disaster and preservation, she also provides hands-on assistance when disasters strike. A popular speaker and presenter, she teaches for library consortia and organizations, including the Midwest Archives Conference, OHIONET, Kent State University's Graduate School for Library and Information Science, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries.

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