Heather Ryan is Assistant Professor, Director of Special Collections & Archives at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
- About the Authors
Libraries and archives of all sizes are collecting and managing an increasing proportion of digital content. Within this body of digital content is a growing pool of ‘born-digital’ content: content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form. Providing continued, sustainable access to a wide array of born-digital content is a challenge for libraries and archives, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Born Digital Content provides an entry level how-to guide that aims to help ease inexperienced students and practitioners into this area. It explains step by step processes for developing and implementing born-digital content workflows in library and archive settings of all sizes and includes a range of case studies collected from small, medium and large institutions internationally. Including:
- the wide range of digital storage media and why this is different to, and similar to, existing content;
- the various sources of born-digital content and how they are appraised and considered for collection;
- retrieving and preparing content to allow it to be brought into the library or archive;
- storage systems and applying archival arrangement philosophies;
- description, preservation and access;
- methods for designing workflows for born-digital collection processing; and
- strategies and philosophies to move forward as technologies change.