Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts (Archival Fundamentals Series III, Volume 5)

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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.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

FOREWORD: The Evolution of a Book Series 
Peter J. Wosh

SECTION I: Preservation Frameworks

1 The Topography of Preservation Today 
2 History of Archival Preservation 
3 Principles of Archival Preservation
4 Context for Archival Preservation

SECTION II: Implementing and Managing a Preservation Program

5 Planning and Developing a Preservation Program
6 Administering a Preservation Program
7 Preserving Analog and Digital Media 
8 Risk Management: A Programmatic Approach

SECTION III: The Ethics and Moral Implications of Contemporary Preservation Practices

9 Sustainable Preservation Practices 
10 The Right to Preserve: Who Decides? 
11 Final Remarks


A Example Collection Development Policy
B Example Preservation Policy
C Example Digital Preservation Policy


Elizabeth Joffrion

Elizabeth Joffrion is the director of Heritage Resources and associate professor at Western Washington University where she leads the Libraries’ Special Collections, University Archives and Record Center, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Prior to this position, she was a senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access where she coordinated the Preservation Assistance Grants Program. She has held professional positions at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, the North Carolina State Archives and the Historic New Orleans Collection, and has also taught courses on archives and special collections at Catholic University and Western Washington University. She received an MA in history from the University of New Orleans and a MLIS from the University of Maryland.

Michele Valerie Cloonan

Michele Valerie Cloonan is Dean Emerita and Professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and editor in chief of Preservation, Digital Technology and Culture. From 2004-2007 she coordinated a Simmons College/Harvard University/UCLA Libraries initiative to train Iraqi librarians. She is a former president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, has held a variety of offices in the American Library Association, has served on the board of the American Printing History Association, has chaired the Northeast Document Conservation Center Board of Directors, and has served on the Preservation Committee of the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Preservation and Conservation Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She is on the editorial board of Libri and has also served on the editorial boards of Libraries and Culture and Library Quarterly. Her honors and awards include the 2010 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, American Library Association; 2010 Service Award, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Robert Vosper/IFLA Fellows Programme award, the Bibliographic Society of America Fellowship, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She has published over 50 articles, chapters, and books, and has been Principal Investigator on numerous grants.

"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