The preservation of library and archival materials can encompass everything from bookbinding and paper repair to new techniques for maintaining and exploiting digital text, sound or images. Managing Preservation for Libraries and Archives brings together an international team of contributors presenting the latest findings on key areas of preservation and addressing the most common storage and retrieval problems for different types of media. The authors also revisit traditional preservation and conservation approaches and suggest how to develop policies for the future. First summarising historical developments, the book sets out key preservation principles, rationales for selecting materials for preservation, and how to choose the best methods. Different contributors report on state-of-the-art preservation techniques for paper media and sound archives, explain how the appropriate techniques can be applied and how storage and access can best be managed in the long term. Later chapters analyse the benefits and problems of digitising different types of materials; the long-term viability of digital media; issues of access to digital surrogate documents as opposed to the original medium; and the challenges in the digital context of bibliographical control, cataloguing, metadata, distribution and copyright protection. An extensive chapter on international information sources provides signposting to a wealth of guidance on the latest techniques. Managing Preservation for Libraries and Archives will guide readers working in the library, archives, museum and heritage sectors through the choices between digital and traditional preservation techniques, and prepare them for likely future developments in managing both preservation and access.

chapter 1|25 pages

Introduction: principles and policies

ByJohn Feather

chapter 2|26 pages

The malleability of fire: preserving digital information

ByColin Webb

chapter 3|13 pages

Selection for digital preservation: dilemmas and issues

ByMajlis Bremer-Laamanen, Jani Stenvall

chapter 4|15 pages

Issues in the long-term management of digital material

ByAdrienne Muir

chapter 5|30 pages

Preserving paper: recent advances

ByRené Teygeler

chapter 6|19 pages

Sound recordings: problems of preservation

ByDietrich Schüller

chapter 7|26 pages

Preservation management: sources of information

ByGraham Matthews

chapter 8|15 pages

The Future

ByMarie-Thèrése Varlamoff