Preserving Digital Information: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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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.

Gregory S. Hunter

Dr. Gregory S. Hunter is both a Certified Records Manager and a Certified Archivist. In August 2004, he was elected a fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and two of his books have received awards from SAA. Since January 1990, Dr. Hunter has been a professor in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. He previously served as manager of corporate records for ITT Corporation and director of archival programs for the United Negro College Fund. From 2004-2009, Dr. Hunter served as the principal archivist and records manager on a team headed by Lockheed Martin to build an electronic records archives (ERA) for the National Archives and Records Administration. The team was awarded a $308 million contract in September 2005. Dr. Hunter is co-inventor on four patents in the area of digital preservation submitted by the project team in the United States and the European Union.  Dr. Hunter has been Editor of The American Archivist, the peer-reviewed journal of SAA, since 2012.