For immediate release | May 3, 2013

A how-to guide for digital preservation

CHICAGO — As digital preservation becomes an increasingly widespread and accessible practice, smaller organizations as well as large can take steps toward developing strategies for implementing it in their own institutions. “Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any Size,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers clear methods and tools that require minimal time and resources to start the process. Geared towards the non-specialist, including students studying library and information science, archives and records management courses, and academics getting to grips with practical issues, Adrian Brown’s guide presents a comprehensive overview of best practices. Readers will learn about:

  • The arguments for digital preservation;
  • Requirements for digital preservation;
  • Models for implementing a digital preservation service;
  • Selecting and acquiring digital content;
  • Accessioning and ingesting digital objects;
  • Describing digital objects;
  • Preserving digital objects;
  • Providing access to users;
  • Future trends.

Brown is assistant clerk of the records at the Parliamentary Archives, UK, and has lectured and published widely on all aspects of digital preservation, including the book “Archiving Websites: A Practical Guide for Information Management Professionals.” He was previously Head of Digital Preservation at the National Archives, where his team won the International Digital Preservation Award in 2007.

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"Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any Size"

"Archiving Websites: A Practical Guide for Information Management Professionals"

"Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide"


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