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Intrinsic value and the permanent record: the preservation conundrum

Intrinsic value and the permanent record: the preservation conundrum Purpose – This paper aims to examine the lack of attention to the preservation of intrinsic value in original artifacts by archivists and librarians with implications for the preservation of the permanent historical record. Design/methodology/approach – Through a selective review of the recent literature about intrinsic value, the current situation is evaluated. Findings – The paper finds that, in order to ensure the preservation of intrinsic value in both paper and digital documents, archivists and librarians must act immediately before substantial portions of the historical record suffer further permanent and irretrievable loss. Originality/value – The issues involved in determining the presence of intrinsic value are examined. Recommendations are given for preserving the permanent historical record. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png OCLC Systems & Services Emerald Publishing

Intrinsic value and the permanent record: the preservation conundrum

OCLC Systems & Services , Volume 23 (1): 8 – Feb 20, 2007

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1065-075X
DOI
10.1108/10650750710720702
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the lack of attention to the preservation of intrinsic value in original artifacts by archivists and librarians with implications for the preservation of the permanent historical record. Design/methodology/approach – Through a selective review of the recent literature about intrinsic value, the current situation is evaluated. Findings – The paper finds that, in order to ensure the preservation of intrinsic value in both paper and digital documents, archivists and librarians must act immediately before substantial portions of the historical record suffer further permanent and irretrievable loss. Originality/value – The issues involved in determining the presence of intrinsic value are examined. Recommendations are given for preserving the permanent historical record.

Journal

OCLC Systems & ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 20, 2007

Keywords: Archives management; Digital storage; Collections management

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