A no-nonsense guide to born-digital content

For Immediate Release
Wed, 05/23/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052


CHICAGO — Collecting and managing content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form requires a very specific approach. And, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows, providing continued, sustainable access to a wide array of born-digital content is a challenge for libraries and archives. “The No-Nonsense Guide to Born-Digital Content,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, aims to help ease inexperienced students and practitioners into this area. Written by Heather Ryan and Walker Sampson, and featuring a foreword by Trevor Owens, Head of Digital Content Management, Library of Congress, it explains step by step processes for developing and implementing born-digital content workflows in library and archive settings of all sizes. Drawing from a range of case studies collected from small, medium, and large institutions internationally, this guide’s coverage includes:

  • the wide range of digital storage media and the various sources of born-digital content;
  • an overview of digital information basics; 
  • selection, acquisition, accessioning, and ingest;
  • description, preservation, and access;
  • methods for designing and implementing workflows for born-digital collection processing;
  • a comprehensive glossary of common technical terms; and
  • strategies and philosophies to move forward as technologies change.

Ryan is the Director of Special Collections, Archives & Preservation and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. She earned her PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sampson is the Digital Archivist at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. He earned his MS in Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin before beginning work at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 2011.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.