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News from CILIP
Wednesday 16 August 2006
For immediate release (Please copy to online discussion lists)
New book from Facet Publishing addresses urgent need for heritage management initiatives and robust disaster planning
Memory institutions such as libraries, archives, galleries and museums all share pressing concerns about preserving heritage, whether in the form of material and documentary cultural artefacts in collections, or in the form of new digitally born material. Recent incidents of natural disaster and cultural genocide, together with the global turn to digitisation, have forced librarians, archivists and curators to rethink and restructure their primary modes of operation.
Preservation management now sits at the top of the agenda for heritage institutions around the world, as collection development policies and practices are negotiated between libraries, museums, archives, funding agencies and governments. Historically separate cultural institutions are now converging to share limited resources, develop compatible ideologies and co-ordinate distributed collections.
Preservation Management for Libraries, Archives and Museums, edited by G. E. Gorman and Sydney J. Shep charts the diversity of preservation management in the contemporary information landscape, and offers guidance on preservation methods for the sustainability of collections from a range of international experts. The authors are connected to a wide international network of professional associations and NGOs, and have been selected not only for their specific expertise, but for the contribution they are making to the future of preservation management.
There is urgent need for heritage management initiatives and robust disaster planning that will safeguard our cultural heritage and recognize the right of the end-user to ownership of it. This is an informed and essential guide to managing collection and preservation strategies for anyone working in the library, archive, museum or broader cultural heritage sectors.
Contact: Mark O'Loughlin, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing.
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Notes for Editors
Preservation Management for Libraries, Archives and Museums, edited by G. E. Gorman and Sydney J. Shep (August 2006; 224pp; hardback; 1-85604-574-9; £44.95; £35.96 to CILIP Members)
G.E. Gorman is Professor of Library and Information Management at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, and Editor of Online Information Review. Sydney J. Shep is Senior Lecturer in Print and Book Culture at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Printer at Wai-te-ata Press, a letterpress teaching laboratory, research facility and fine press printing house.
Facet Publishing is one of the largest publishers worldwide in the field of library and information science. At the forefront of library and information development, Facet Publishing has a comprehensive list covering all the major areas of professional activity. See www.facetpublishing.co.uk/ for further information.
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. It forms a community of around 35,000 people engaged in library and information work, of whom around 22,000 are CILIP Members and around 13,000 are regular customers of CILIP Enterprises. CILIP members work in all sectors, including business and industry, science and technology, further and higher education, schools, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries. For more information about CILIP, please go to www.cilip.org.uk/.