Curation of born-digital materials begins at home

  Like most people, I have an “archive” of personal born-digital materials on various media.  Like most people’s personal archives, mine has CDs and DVDs and 3 1/2″ disks.  Mine may be a bit unusual in that it includes things created in obsolete software (WordStar, SuperCalc, Dbase2) running on the CP/M operating system and stored …

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Archivists should be key players in managing born-digital library materials

As an archivist, I’m acutely aware of the broad applicability of archivists’ skills and expertise to the challenges facing research libraries—challenges in areas beyond those traditionally seen as within the archivist’s purview. This has become increasingly true as we become more deeply enmeshed in the complexities of the digital age. In recent years I’ve observed …

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Going, going, gone: The imperative for archiving the web

We all know that over the past 30+ years the World Wide Web has become an indispensable tool (understatement!) for disseminating information, extending the reputations of organizations and businesses, enabling Betty the Blogger to establish an international reputation, and ruining dinner table debate by providing the answer to every conceivable question. It has caused a sea change in how humans communicate and learn. …

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UCLA’s Center for Primary Resources and Training: A model for increasing the impact of special collections and archives

Many of us in the special collections and archives community have long admired the purpose and scope of UCLA’s Center for Primary Resources and Training (CFPRT), so I was pleased to learn that the UCLA library would be celebrating the Center’s 10th anniversary with a symposium on 24 October. As a result, I now know that we should all be celebrating its …

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