ALCTS surveys digital preservation in libraries
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — In today’s information landscape, there are fewer topics that more urgently demand expansive discourse than digital preservation, which touches on everything from technology to copyright. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) steps up to the challenge with “Digital Preservation in Libraries: Preparing for a Sustainable Future,” a comprehensive overview published by ALA Editions. Edited by Jeremy Myntti and Jessalyn Zoom, it is global in scope, featuring case studies and contributions that discuss such key issues as:
- the history of digital preservation;
- digital preservation and information ethics;
- strategies for getting started, sustaining digitization programs, and performing evaluation;
- fine-tuning digital preservation workflows, with a look at Digital Streams Matrix for analyzing pathways and tasks;
- preserving e-books, mobile device data, and other specific types of materials;
- collaborative efforts in digital preservation, including jargon-free techniques for engaging non-technical colleagues in digital legacy tools and processes; and
- the copyright, legal, and administrative issues connected with digital preservation.
Myntti is head of digital library services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. This position allows him the opportunity to supervise faculty and staff who are converting content from analog to digital, creating and maintaining the metadata for digital collections, and preserving the library’s digital assets. He also works closely with developers to create the systems and tools necessary for making the library’s digital assets available. Zoom is head of the History and Military Science Section in the Acquisition and Bibliographic Access Directorate at the Library of Congress. She was formerly acting BIBCO program coordinator for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), a consortium that influences metadata best practices and provides training to members worldwide. Through her work in the PCC, she developed cataloging expertise and served as a trainer.
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