Electronic Records in the Manuscript Repository defines the problems related to electronic records and digital documents, describes the steps the curator should take to manage those electronic records and digital documents, and suggests ways to learn the specific skills and perspectives needed to do the job well.
It provides an introduction to vocabulary, basic concepts, and best practices to date by collecting and contextualizing data from several real-world projects, and it contains almost 30 pages of references to resources that the curator can consult for information on specific topics. Dow starts with a review of archival concepts, including a look at archival practices, and then discusses the problems created by electronic materials in that context, as well as the research in progress to tackle these problems.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Elizabeth H. Dow is currently the head of the archives track in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Creating EAD Compatible Finding Guides on Paper (Scarecrow 2005).
Table of Contents
1 Archival Concepts and Grand Strategies 1
2 What's the Problem with Digital Materials? 21
3 Solving the Problems: Systems and Tools 39
4 Long-Term Retention and Access 61
5 TDR or Dark Archive? 81
6 Solving the Problems: Implementing the Tools 97
7 Working with Your Donors 117
8 The Future of Curators, Archivists, and Digital Collections 137
Works Cited 145
Essential Tools 161
Beginner Bibliography 165
Continuing Education Opportunities and Workshops 171
Other Useful Works 173
More Resources 183
About the Author 189
What People are Saying About This
Trenchant and succint....This book is one of the most comprehensive to date.... Any archivist confronted with the electronic dilemma might find this a useful guide....A unique and varied perspective....Dow also gives a terse and penetrating analysis....A treasure trove of pertinent information....I highly recommend this book. It addresses most of the current literature in a systematic manner without overburdening the reader with technical jargon, and it serves the important task of discussing the essentials that archivists need to know and where to find them. This is what a good reference book does and this work performs that objective.