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ERIC Number: EJ838820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Archiving Writers' Work in the Age of E-Mail
Kolowich, Steve
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n31 pA1 Apr 2009
The job of literary archivist is changing as paper manuscripts yield to laptops, Blackberry's, and Facebook content, and digital preservation lets scholars learn more about authors' creative process than ever before. Personal computers and external storage devices have been around for more than a quarter-century, but only now, as the famous literary figures of the 20th century begin to pass away, are these technologies used by archivists. According to Naomi L. Nelson, interim director of the manuscript, archives, and rare-book library at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library, once archivists learned how to preserve paper, they were good. However, it has not really changed a lot, it is only a different kind of preservation with computers. Still, three things are becoming clear. First, these trappings of the digital age will transform the way libraries preserve and exhibit literary collections. Second, universities are going to have to spend money on new equipment and training for their archivists. And finally, scholars will be able to learn more about writers than they ever have before.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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