Aug 2006 | 304pp
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Memory institutions such as libraries, archives, galleries and museums all share pressing concerns about preserving heritage, whether in the form of material and documentary cultural artefacts in collections, or in the form of new digitally born material. Recent incidents of natural disaster and cultural genocide, together with the global turn to digitization, have forced librarians, archivists and curators to rethink and restructure their primary modes of operation. Preservation management now sits at the top of the agenda for heritage institutions around the world, as collection development policies and practices are negotiated between libraries, museums, archives, funding agencies and governments. Historically separate cultural institutions are now converging to share limited resources, develop compatible ideologies and co-ordinate distributed collections.
This forward-looking collection charts the diversity of preservation management in the contemporary information landscape, and offers guidance on preservation methods for the sustainability of collections from a range of international experts. The authors are connected to a wide international network of professional associations and NGOs, and have been selected not only for their specific expertise, but for the contribution they are making to the future of preservation management. The chapters cover:
Readership: There is urgent need for heritage management initiatives and robust disaster planning that will safeguard our cultural heritage and recognize the right of the end-user to ownership of it. This is an informed and essential guide to managing collection and preservation strategies for anyone working in the library, archive, museum or broader cultural heritage sectors.
1. Managing the documentary heritage: issues for the present and future - John Feather
2. Preservation policy and planning - Mirjam Foot
3. Intangible heritage: museums and preservation - David Grattan and John Moses
4. Surrogacy and the artefact - Marilyn Deegan
5. Moving with the times in search of permanence - Yola de Lusenet
6. Valuation model for paper conservation research: a new approach for setting research priorities - Henk J. Porck, Frank J. Ligterink, Gerrit de Bruin and Steph Scholten
7. Preservation of audiovisual media: traditional to interactive formats - Bob Pymm
8. Challenges of managing the digitally born artefact - Barbara Reed
9. Preserving cultural heritage in times of conflict - René Teijgeler
10. Access and the social contract in memory institutions - Helen Forde
11. Redefining ‘the collection’ in the 21st century - G. E. Gorman and Sydney J. Shep
"The book as a whole is extremely well designed, with a neat and clear layout - each essay has an introduction which serves as an abstract, logical sub-headings and a list of interesting and relevant references. There's even an index! I highly recommend this book."
- Library Management
"…the book is an interesting and worthwhile read for, as it said on its cover, "anyone working in the library, archive, museum and heritage sectors."
- Journal of Documentation