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Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts (AFS III, Vol. 5)

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    Elizabeth Joffrion and Michèle V. Cloonan

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  • Archival Fundamentals Series III, Volume 5

    “Preservation—regardless of format—must be understood in a broad professional, social, and political context that shapes preservation programs.”


    The infrastructures in which preservation programs exist are changing rapidly, but one thing remains constant—the archivist’s role in ensuring that today’s records will be accessible in the future. Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts enhances our knowledge and understanding of what it means to preserve our heritage.

    Divided into three parts, the book covers preservation frameworks, the nuts and bolts of implementing and managing a preservation program, and the ethical and moral implications of preservation practices. Holding both the history of archival preservation and the current digital preservation landscape in mind, Elizabeth Joffrion and Michèle V. Cloonan have developed holistic principles and context for archival preservation that incorporate analog and digital approaches. They consider how “More Product, Less Process” can inform preservation strategies, examine sustainable practices that are sensitive to the impact of human activity on the environment, offer effective programmatic approaches to risk management, advocate for inclusive and community-focused preservation, and highlight the similarities and differences in preservation practices among libraries, archives, and museums.

    Whether you’re new to the profession or experienced in preservation management, you will find a valuable framework for thinking about how preservation is practiced today and how it may be carried out in the future to steward your collections and serve your communities. Readers will also discover that Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts complements and augments Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler’s classic manual, Preserving Archives and Manuscripts.

    Product Details

    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2020)
    Paperback: 236 pages
    Product Dimension: 7x10 inches
    Weight: 0.633 pounds
    ISBN: 978-1-945246-35-7

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Advancing Preservation
  • "From planning to funding to organizational structure, this title provides a sound basis for establishing, growing, and sustaining an archives preservation program within a larger organization or when the archives is a stand-alone entity."
    Jeanne Drewes, American Archivist

    "In this book Joffrion and Cloonan have considered a range of current problems for archivists and others in charge of archives and records, have discussed problems of ensuring the continued accessibility of records, and offer a range of solutions which work under modern conditions in order to promote the continuation of content if not necessarily of format."
    Edward Reid-Smith, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association

    "[Joffrion and Cloonan] introduce the reader to various critical studies, standards, and guidelines that shape current preservation principles and practices, while excluding topics previously covered by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler’s earlier work Preserving Archives & Manuscripts. Their call for a holistic approach (where digital resources should be part of a comprehensive preservation management plan) distinguishes it from previous books on archival preservation. It offers the reader a broad and heavily sourced framework for understanding the field of archival preservation."
    Michael Don Fraser, Journal of Western Archives