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Archival Preservation 101: An Introduction to the Preservation of Archival Material

Project Overview

Archival Preservation 101 is a series of articles, to be written by the CARLI Preservation Committee over the course of the next year, designed to introduce topics in the preservation of archival material that would be of use to CARLI members. For instance, how do you formulate a preservation plan for the archival collections you already have?  How do you set priorities? How do you preserve emails and other born digital material? What are the pros and cons of Cloud storage vs. physical storage; and should you utilize both? How are websites archived? How do you preserve digital materials, like eBooks, PDFs, photos, and videos? How can you preserve or use obsolete technology? Is anyone archiving social media? Who’s preserving video games and, more importantly, can we play?

CARLI members may often find themselves in situations where they need to familiarize themselves with archives and preservation. This series will add confidence and provide grounding in preservation issues while giving suggestions you can use for work or personal applications. We will cover how to preserve archival collections and provide suggestions to fund preservation projects.
For institutions, how does preservation play a role in making collections available and accessible? What are unique challenges posed in each institution and what should you do with the items you already have? For the individual, do you have 1,000 pet pictures? What file type should you be using for your photographs and how safe is your Cloud really?

We hope you’ll  with your preservation questions!

- Jade Kastel, Music Librarian, Western Illinois University

Preservation Through Archival Practice

Archival materials found within each CARLI institution showcase history, creativity, and scholarship in Illinois through the materials each retains. Learn a few guiding principles of which to be aware for anyone preserving and maintaining archival materials including original order and provenance. These two concepts govern archival work and preserve the integrity of the records themselves.