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Digital Preservation, at first glance, looks like an oxymoron. Most people believe that if it’s in digital format, it’s already preserved. Check the box, done! Librarians know that digital formatting is only a preliminary step on the road to digital preservation. A writer for the Library of Congress digital preservation blog called The Signal
refers to random digital files sitting on hard drives as “digital orphans, with no one to watch over them and ensure their future.”
That, Dear Esteemed Librarian, is why Digital Preservation is one of the Top 5 Librarian Skills
needed today and into the 21st
century. Your ability to foster and steward those digital orphans into long, useful lives is a valuable and necessary skill.
Digital Preservation: Opportunity for Librarians
Digital content growth is outpacing the resources available to manage it. Pages and pages of books and documents remain in need of assessment for their enduring value and conversion into digital format. Meanwhile, attention must be given to all the new orphans born digitally every day, at a pace that far surpasses anything found in nature.
As we all know, challenges present opportunities.
We could continue to expound on why proficiency in digital preservation, from knowing how to manage digital assets to familiarity with current systems and technology, is critical for the career development and security of library professionals. Since you already know that, the rest of this post will feature some interesting links and resources to help you in your quest to become a digital preservation expert.