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2nd Edition

Preserving Archives

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ISBN 9781856048231
Published March 30, 2013 by Facet Publishing
336 Pages

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Book Description

A brand new and fully updated edition of this seminal work on archival preservation.

Access to archival material – the documentary heritage of people all over the world that gives them their identity and ensures their rights – is dependent on the survival of fragile materials: paper, parchment, photographic materials, audiovisual materials and, most recently, magnetic, optical and increasingly digital formats. The primary importance of such survival is widely acknowledged but sometimes overlooked in a rush to provide ever better means of access. But without the basic material, no services can be offered. Preservation is at the heart of archival activity.

Archivists in all types of organizations face questions on how to plan a preservation strategy in less than perfect circumstances, or deal with a sudden emergency. This book considers the causes of threats to the basic material, outlines the preservation options available and offers flexible solutions applicable in a variety of situations. It offers a wide range of case studies and examples from international specialists. This revised edition includes additional material on digital preservation and green building as well as a new chapter on the management and training of volunteers, reflecting a key concern for many archival institutions.

Key topics are:

Understanding archival materials and their characteristics

Managing digital preservation

Archive buildings and their characteristics

Safeguarding the building and its contents

Managing archival storage

Managing risks and avoiding disaster

Creating and using surrogates

Exhibiting archives

Handling the records

Managing a pest control programme

Training and the use of volunteers

Putting preservation into practice.

Readership: Archivists, librarians, curators and enthusiasts, trained and untrained, in museums, local studies centres and voluntary societies in need of good clear advice.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing archive preservation 2. Understanding archive materials and their characteristics 3. Managing digital preservation 4. Archive buildings and their characteristics 5. Safeguarding the building and its contents 6. Managing archival storage 7. Managing risks and avoiding disaster 8. Creating and using surrogates 9. Moving the records 10. Exhibiting archives 11. Handling the records 12. Managing a pest control programme 13. Training and the use of volunteers 14. Putting preservation into practice

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