Perspectives on preservation, from Antiquity to the Digital Age

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/16/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Drawing on a multitude of historical texts, Michèle Valerie Cloonan’s “Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a sweeping yet accessible volume providing a broad understanding of preservation for librarians, archivists and museum specialists and related LIS and continuing education classes. Cloonan offers readers an overview of longevity, reversibility, enduring value and authenticity of information preservation. Each section features historical works that form the basis of contemporary thinking and practices. Readings from a variety of fields primarily concerned with the preservation of cultural heritage, including many from hard-to-find publications, shed new light on how to approach contemporary problems. An ideal teaching text as well as a benchmark reference source for researchers, this book covers such key topics as:

  • early perspectives on preservation, from 700 BC to the 19th century;
  • cultural heritage and risks to cultural heritage, such as time and nature;
  • preservation in the context of libraries, archives, museums and the built environment;
  • digitization, the preservation of time-based media, obsolescence and other contemporary collection development and management issues;
  • important frameworks for the discipline, such as policy, ethics and values, sustainability, multicultural perspectives and more.

Cloonan is dean emerita and professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and editor in chief of Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture. She is on the editorial board of Libri and has also served on the editorial boards of Libraries and Culture and Library Quarterly. Her honors and awards include the 2010 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS); 2010 Service Award, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Robert Vosper/IFLA Fellows Programme award, the Bibliographic Society of America Fellowship and a fellowship to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She has published over 50 articles, chapters and books and has been Principal Investigator or Principal Investigator on numerous grants.

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