To help new archivists and genealogists with what can be a daunting process, Digitization and Digital Archiving: A Practical Guide for Librarians answers common questions, including:
1. What should be stored?2. Where and how should it be stored?3. How exactly is information stored in a computer?4. How does copyright law affect archiving?
5. How can metadata be used to improve collection access?
This revised second edition has been updated to address new trends and the latest innovations in technology, including:
1. A brand-new chapter addressing different common types of born-digital materials which a librarian may need to archive, such as databases or websites2. Information about identifying and gathering data from floppy disks, an increasingly important task as this technology ages and its data becomes at greater risk of loss3. Fully updated chapters to address the latest changes in file storage and formats, including more information on the storage of audio and video media4. Interesting information about the origins of different common technologies to help the reader better understand the past, present, and future of computer technology
This is a comprehensive guide to the process of digital storage and archiving. Assuming only basic computer knowledge, this guide walks the reader through everything he or she needs to know to start or maintain a digital archiving project. Any librarian interested in how digital information is stored can benefit from this guide.
Elizabeth R. Leggett is a technical writer specializing in writing about software and technology. She has worked in libraries and archives at Centre College, the University of Kentucky, and Murray State University.
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Chapter 1. Why Use Digital Preservation?
Chapter 2. How Do Computers Store Information?
Chapter 3. Storing Images
Chapter 4. Storing Text
Chapter 5: Storing Audio and Video
Chapter 6: Storing Born Digital Materials
Chapter 7: Floppy Disks and Optical Media
Chapter 8: Magnetic Tape
Chapter 9: Hard Drives
Chapter 10: Flash Memory
Chapter 11: Cloud Computing
Chapter 12: Equipment for Digitizing and Editing Archival Materials
Chapter 13: Metadata and Accessing Information
Chapter 14: Copyright Law
Chapter 15: Problems With Digital Preservation
Chapter 16: Drawing Up Policies
About the Author
Traditional archives have been slow to preserve born-digital primary resources with the same vigor, care, and understanding as their tactile cousins. That trend is changing at last, and with increasing awareness of the need for personal archiving of everything from iPhone photos to email, Leggett's book provides a practical resource for amateur and professional alike. This updated edition perfectly balances new technologies with time-tested methodologies. From this digital archivist's perspective, Digitization and Digital Archiving: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Second Edition is far more useful for one's personal library than any other single resource to date.
Leggett's guide on the practicalities of digitization and digital archiving is one of the better introductions into the often-overwhelming world of digital librarianship. From the eccentricities of archiving born-digital materials to the logistics of selecting and using various necessary equipment, Digitization and Digital Archiving: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Second Edition offers practitioners from all areas of librarianship a solid foundation for exploring and understanding digitization.
Elizabeth R. Leggett has written a thorough examination of the history, ideas, and practices of digitization and digital archiving. This valuable resource will guide readers along the path to understanding no matter where they are starting from.