Refreshingly, Jody DeRidder’s book never bogs down in theoretical discussions, but instead serves as the practical how-to guide that readers would expect from a reference tool. While it does not focus heavily on theory, it does build upon resources that delve deeply into those topics. Readers wanting to explore more theoretical arguments can mine the footnotes for additional readings to expand. Finally, the diagrams, tables, and additional resources that DeRidder provides, not to mention the practical advice, make it more than worthy to sit on any digital archivist’s, curator’s, or administrator’s shelf.
Digital Curation Fundamentals provides a concise overview of the theory and practice of digital curation in libraries and archives. A complex undertaking for any institution and provides depth and breadth of guidance needed to support new projects and programs that meet baseline best practices.
Digital Curation Fundamentals is an excellent “quick start” guide that presents a solid overview of the issues surrounding the preservation of digital content. Highly recommended for anyone that needs to get up to speed quickly and for those who need a broader context for the decisions they make that impact the preservation of digital content.