National Library of Australia Staff Papers, 2000

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The role of preservation and the library of the future

Colin Webb


Preservation is part of the core business of those libraries that seek to maintain their collections for ongoing use. Digital technology and increasing collaboration between libraries are likely to impact on how libraries see their preservation role, and how they try to fulfill that role. This paper looks at the preservation paradigm that has served libraries well in the past, exploring the questions of whether there will be an ongoing need for preservation in the future, and if so, what its concerns might be and what might be needed to prepare for a different preservation paradigm.

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