Partnering with communities for digital preservation

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/15/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The only certainty about technology is that it will change. The speed of that change, and the ever increasing diversity of digital formats, tools, and platforms, will present stark challenges to the long-term preservation of digital records. Archivists are frequently challenged by the technical expertise, subject matter knowledge, time, and resource requirements needed to solve the broad set of challenges sure to be faced by the archival profession. Who could be partners to archivists working in digital preservation? “Partners for Preservation: Advancing Digital Preservation through Cross-Community Collaboration,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, advocates the need for archivists to recruit partners and learn lessons from across diverse professions to work more effectively within the digital landscape. Edited by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth and featuring chapters from international contributors from diverse backgrounds and professions, this book includes discussion of:

  • the internet of things;
  • digital architecture;
  • research data and collaboration;
  • open source programming;
  • privacy, memory, and transparency; and
  • inheritance of digital media.

Customers outside of North America (USA and Canada) should contact Facet Publishing for purchasing information.

Kramer-Smyth has been an archivist with the World Bank Group Archives since 2011. She earned her MLS from the Archives, Records and Information Management Program at the University of Maryland iSchool after a 20 year career as a software developer designing relational databases, creating custom database software and participating in web based software development. She is the author of Spellbound Blog where she has published dozens of essays exploring the intersection of archives, technology, metadata, visualization, and the web.

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