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Digital Projects Toolkit

Preservation Overview


Preservation Defined

  • Preservation is the "activity or process of keeping something valued alive, intact, or free from damage or decay" (Merriam-Webster).
  • In libraries and archives, preservation is "a set of activities aimed at prolonging the life of a record, book, or object while making as few changes as possible. Preservation activities vary widely and may include monitoring the condition of items, maintaining the temperature and humidity in collection storage areas, writing a plan in case of emergencies, digitizing items, writing relevant metadata, and increasing accessibility" (Wikipedia).

Digital Projects Toolkit: Preservation

This section of the Digital Projects Toolkit provides information and resources on two areas of preservation:


Preservation Quote: Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive

                Quote: Preservation is a relay race and the baton