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.
OCLC Systems & Services – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 20, 2007
Keywords: Archives management; Digital storage; Collections management