Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

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Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, & Museums is designed for all types of information professionals who are interested in digital preservation. This is not a how-to book giving step-by-step processes for certain materials in a given kind of system. Instead, it addresses a broad group of resources that could be housed in any number of digital preservation systems. Finally, this book is about “Things (not technology; not how-to; not theory) I wish I had known before I got started.” It is divided into four parts based on the Digital Preservation Triad: 1.Situating Digital Preservation, 2.Ii. Management Aspects, 3.Iii. Technology Aspects, and 4.Iv. Content-Related Aspects. The book includes a foreword by Michael Lesk, eminent scholar and forerunner in digital librarianship and preservation. The book features an appendix providing additional information and resources for digital preservationists. Finally, there is a glossary to support a clear understanding of the terms presented in the bo

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About the Author:

Edward M. Corrado is director of library technology at Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. He has written articles and presented at multiple national and international conferences on various library technology topics, including digital preservation and cloud computing. His other research interests include open source software in libraries, social software in libraries, and the role of libraries in Democracy 2.0.

Heather Lea Moulaison is assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include metadata, digital libraries, cloud computing, international librarianship, web technologies, and information organization and access.

Review:

Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums is an important addition to the existing literature on the subject. It is a seminal book on an emerging discipline. This book is a must read for librarians, archivists, and administrators. Students and experts alike can benefit from its teachings and it should be on university curricula. (The Washington BookReview)

Edward Corrado and Heather Moulaison’s Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums is a dense, practical compendium. Building on their previous collaboration . . . their newest book is a readable, up-to-date guide that goes well beyond the usual OAIS model and file formats in including summaries of major initiatives and significant publications in the emerging field of digital preservation. . . .As the field of digital preservation matures and new tools, rubrics, and guidelines evolve, this book is a timely overview. What it lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in comprehensiveness and concision. I personally refer to it in the course of my own work to ensure that I have not overlooked anything. (Metropolitan Archivist)

The objective of this book is to benefit libraries, archives, and museum personnel in their development of a digital preservation project. This objective succeeds in providing the aspects of such projects. . . .This book would certainly be a practical guide that appeals to librarians, archivists, administrators, and managers, as well as professionals seeking answers to questions that should be addressed before or during a digital preservation initiative. (Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS))

A really interesting and thought-provoking section on sustainability asks readers to consider digital preservation as ‘an exercise in risk management’. . . .The chapter on metadata is essential reading. . . .The book does have a very detailed set of notes after each chapter and a bibliography that provides a very comprehensive set of pointers to a wide range of sources and resources. (Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association)

Overall, Corrado and Moulaison offer the LAM professional of nearly any experience level an ideal text to plan for, create, and maintain a digital preservation program.... [T]he information provided can be used in a variety of settings and sizes of institutions. While the field of digital preservation may experience rapid growth and change in the coming years, Corrado and Moulaison provide a welcome foundation from which to build. (Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists)

Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, & Museums provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art and practice in a single volume. The approach is a pragmatic one that covers the requisite theoretical aspects where needed, and is accessible to the non-technical reader who is willing to learn about some of the detail around technical aspects of digital preservation. Recommended for librarians and archivists, curation professionals in the cultural heritage sector, as well as administrators who need to get up to speed on this topic and unpack issues around it for new programs and services. (Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Corrado and Moulaison have provided a timely and invaluable resource for libraries, archives, and museums grappling with the many challenges of digital preservation. As a museum curator often confused by the complexities of digital preservation, this book offers insight into the questions we should be asking, as well as a systematic approach for dealing with digital preservation. A must-read for all museum professionals! (Shannon Meyer, Senior Curator, Missouri History Museum)

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