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Selection of digital material for preservation in libraries

journal contribution
posted on 23.10.2012, 11:26 authored by Clare RavenwoodClare Ravenwood, Graham Matthews, Adrienne Muir
The process of selection underpins many important questions facing those libraries which have responsibility for preservation. Properties of digital material present challenges to established preservation selection drivers and practices, including the increasing volume of digital material; the complexity of some digital objects; changing forms of cultural object creation and ownership; and the need for early interventions to keep material useable over time. This paper examines relevant library and related literature to identify and conceptualise factors which affect selection decision making relating to the preservation of digital material in libraries. It describes six organisational areas of concern: resources and volume; criteria; policy; legal and ethical issues; roles and responsibility; and user aspects of selection. Particular challenges include the need to revisit criteria and develop policies for preservation and selection along with the effect of unclear roles, responsibilities and expectations of a wide range of stakeholders.

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Information Science

Citation

RAVENWOOD, C., MATTHEWS, G. and MUIR, A., 2013. Selection of digital material for preservation in libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 45 (4), pp. 294-308.

Publisher

SAGE Publications © The Author(s)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2013

Notes

Closed access. This article was published in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science [SAGE Publications © The Author(s)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961000612452030

ISSN

0165-5515

eISSN

1741-6485

Language

en