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Owens book "The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation" wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

The recipient for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award is Dr. Trevor Owens for his book The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation.

Trevor Owens
Dr. Trevor Owens

The Outstanding Publication Award is an annual award given to honor the author or authors of the year's outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field. Trevor Owens will receive a citation and $250 sponsored by ALCTS at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 22 during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation serves as an introduction to digital preservation issues and presents a conceptual framework which may be used to build flexible, comprehensive digital preservation initiatives at libraries of all sizes. The book explains the fundamentals of digital media and digital information and then highlights how digital preservation can be integrated into library functions/workflows to ensure long-term access to valuable digital information—providing “one link in an unbroken chain of memory”.

Dr. Owens is the Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. He holds a PhD in research methods and educational technology from George Mason University. He has published extensively on digital preservation and long-term access to information and serves on the Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee. 

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation -- RDA Catalog Record

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020International Standard Book Number__|a 9781421426976 (softcover : acid-free paper)
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020International Standard Book Number__|z 1421426986 (electronic)
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050Library of Congress Call Number00|a Z701.3.C65 |b O94 2018
082Dewey Decimal Classification Number00|a 025.8/4 |2 23
100Main Entry--Personal Name1_|a Owens, Trevor, |e author.
245Title Statement14|a The theory and craft of digital preservation / |c Trevor Owens.
264Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice_1|a Baltimore : |b Johns Hopkins University Press, |c 2018.
300Physical Description__|a x, 226 pages : |b illustrations ; |c 22 cm
336Content Type__|a text |b txt |2 rdacontent
337Media Type__|a unmediated |b n |2 rdamedia
338Carrier Type__|a volume |b nc |2 rdacarrier
520Summary, etc.__|a "Among the public, there is a persistent belief that if something is on the Internet, it will be around forever. At the same time, warnings of an impending "digital dark age," where records of the recent past become completely lost or inaccessible, appear in the popular press. In The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, Trevor Owens offers a path to go beyond the hyperbole and the anxiety of the digital and establish a baseline for practice in this field. The first section of the book synthesizes work on the history of preservation in a range of areas (archives, manuscripts, recorded sound, etc.) and sets that history in dialogue with work in new media studies, platform studies, and media archeology. The later chapters build from this theoretical framework as a basis for an iterative process for the practice of doing digital preservation. While the book has a practical bent, it is not a how-to book that would quickly become outdated. It establishes and offers stages and processes for doing digital preservation, but it is not tied to particular tools, methods, or techniques. Instead, it is anchored in an understanding of the traditions of preservation and the nature of digital objects and media"-- |c Provided by publisher.
504Bibliography, etc. Note__a Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-220) and index.
505Formatted Contents Note0_|a Preservation's divergent lineages -- Understanding digital objects -- Challenges and opportunities of digital preservation -- The craft of digital preservation -- Preservation intent and collection development -- Managing copies and formats -- Arranging and describing digital objects -- Enabling multimodal access and use -- Conclusions: tools for looking forward.
650Subject Added Entry - Topical Term_0|a Digital preservation.
650Subject Added Entry - Topical Term_0|a Digital libraries |x Management.
985Local Record History__|a LBSORCIP |d 2018-07-03


Above information is also shared in our articles given below: 

  • American Library Association, "Owens book wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award" (accessed February 20, 2019).
  • Library of Congress Catalog (accessed February 20, 2019).