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The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources

To Preserve and Protect, 1st Edition

By Andrea Merril T

Routledge

264 pages

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Keep your cultural resources safe for generations to come!

Culled from papers presented at a Library of Congress symposium in October 2000, The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources: To Preserve and Protect examines the challenges you face in preserving and safeguarding your library's resources. Twenty-two leading library and archival professionals address critical issues on the preservation and security of collections in cultural property institutions, including libraries, museums, and archives. The book explores the connections between physical security and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources identifies the risks involved in preserving cultural resources and presents effective strategies for security. The book guides you through the process of evaluating preservation and security programs, budgeting costs, determining the right amount of facilities security, meeting the challenge of preserving digital information, and coping with the negative effects of theft and vandalism.

The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources focuses on four keys that are central to safeguarding your heritage assets:

  • physical security—protection from theft, mutilation, damage by water, fire, etc., with strategies used by the Library of Congress and other major libraries
  • preservation—protection from deterioration through conservation and reformatting, using examples from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and other institutions
  • bibliographic control—knowing what your library has
  • inventory control—knowing where your collections are
The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources: To Preserve and Protect also examines the FBI's Art Theft Program, national and institutional requirements for preservation funding, and measuring the effect of environmental elements (temperature, humidity, etc.) on your collection. The book is an essential resource for library, archive, and museum directors, preservation officers, security professionals, curators, and archivists.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • CULTURAL HERITAGE AT RISK: TODAY’S STEWARDSHIP CHALLENGE
  • Chapter 1. Stewardship: The Janus Factor
  • Chapter 2. Learning to Blush: Librarians and the Embarrassment of Experience
  • AS STRONG AS ITS WEAKEST LINK: DEVELOPING STRATEGIES FOR A SECURITY PROGRAM
  • Chapter 3. As Strong As Its Weakest Link: The Human Element
  • Chapter 4. Developing a Plan for Collections Security: The Library of Congress Experience
  • Chapter 5. Creating a Culture of Security in the University of Maryland Libraries
  • THE BIG PICTURE: PRESERVATION STRATEGIES IN CONTEXT
  • Chapter 6. Building a National Preservation Program: National Endowment for the Humanities Support for Preservation
  • Chapter 7. Safeguarding Heritage Assets: The Library of Congress Planning Framework for Preservation
  • Chapter 8. Taking Care: An Informed Approach to Library Preservation
  • THE SILVER LINING: COPING WITH THEFT, VANDALISM, DETERIORATION, AND BAD PRESS
  • Chapter 9. Picking Up the Pieces: The Lengthy Saga of a Library Theft
  • Chapter 10. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Art Theft Program
  • Chapter 11. The Silver Lining: Recovering from the Shambles of a Disaster
  • BUILDING THE BUDGET: PROMOTING YOUR PROGRAM AND MEETING FUNDING DEMANDS FOR PRESERVATION AND SECURITY
  • Chapter 12. Funding for Preservation: The Strengths of Our Past
  • Chapter 13. Securing Preservation Funds: National and Institutional Requirements
  • Chapter 14. Strategies for Funding Preservation and Security
  • UNDERSTANDING SUCCESS: MEASURING EFFECTIVENESS OF PRESERVATION AND SECURITY PROGRAMS
  • Chapter 15. Measuring the Effectiveness of Preservation and Security Programs at the Library of Congress
  • Chapter 16. Measuring Environmental Quality in Preservation
  • ELECTRONIC INFORMATION AND DIGITIZATION: PRESERVATION AND SECURITY CHALLENGES
  • Chapter 17. Preservation, Security, and Digital Content
  • Chapter 18. The Coming Crisis in Preserving Our Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Chapter 19. Electronic Information and Digitization: Preservation and Security Challenges
  • PEOPLE, BUILDINGS, AND COLLECTIONS: INNOVATIONS IN SECURITY AND PRESERVATION
  • Chapter 20. Making the Library of Congress Secure: Innovation and Collaboration
  • Chapter 21. What Can We Afford to Lose?
  • Chapter 22. National Research Libraries and Protection of Cultural Resources
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN025000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General