ERIC Number: ED337199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Preservation Integrity of Our Nation's Records at Risk. White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
This paper focuses on the preservation of documents that are disintegrating rapidly in national archives. After providing an introduction and background to the situation, the paper outlines a national preservation strategy for administrators and discusses ways to protect collections in archives and libraries throughout the United States. The impact of new technology and the special needs of technology-dependent information (i.e., information that must be stored through electronic and optical-mechanical devices) are also considered, and the future of preservation is discussed. Discussions address four preservation issues: (1) How does one insure that part of a Federal library or archives budget is expended on collection preservation? (2) How does one achieve recommended environmental standards in all Federal archives and libraries? (3) How should mass deacidification and other new technologies for preserving information be obtained by Federal archives and libraries? and (4) How should Federal libraries and archives seek to influence those involved in the development of nontraditional devices and systems for the recording and storage of information? A 21-item selected preservation resource list compiled by Robert E. Schnare is attached to the paper. (MAB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
Identifiers: White House Conference Library Info Services
Note: Paper presented at the Federal Library and Information Center Committee Pre-White House Conference. The updated version presented at the National Library of Medicine was included in materials for the delegates to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services (2nd, Washington, DC, July 9-13, 1991). For additional conference-related materials, see IR 053 790-804.