Monday, October 23, 2017

Books on my Office Desk:1st Edition: Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Here goes the first in what (may) be an ongoing series.....

Books on my office desk! 

You know those few volumes you keep in your office or work space? Not more than an arms length reach away, perhaps? Or maybe they're on a bookshelf in your office? 

For me, I'm a 'new' working professional in my field (Information Science) and even though I just finished my schooling I found myself faced with the task of combing through millions of PDF course reader material....or finding a book that provided me with the basic standards and practices of materials, organized amazingly and with an extensive bibliography, reference page, and glossary at the back. GOLD, baby, GOLD! 

So here's the first in what may become more.... books on my office desk. This is more of an Archival, Information professionals editions...but I'm definitely open to having more 'editions' and broadening it up to other fields! 

Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums by Edward M Corrado
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐
Published: January 17, 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

This book is amazing. 
I remember my professor picked out some chapters from here to read but I never got the book in grad school. As soon as I got my first real archiving job, though, I got a copy and keep it in my office.
It's a great tool for any working professional in the field of IS, whether or not you remember all the things from grad school (or some who haven't been and have been working in the field for years), it's a great reference tool for standards and best practices of file formats, and weird formats when considering digital preservation (and anything under that large umbrella).
In fact, I kinda wish there were a few more books like this too :) I like how its modern and has a TON of lists of MORE reserouces (goes by chapter, an amazing bibliography with succinct definitions I definitely used in my reports for management outside of the field. Definitely a plus if you're like me and can't describe 'respect des fonds' in 2 sentences to IT (ok a bit of an elaboration on the two sentences, but I really did have to explain that its a thing).
Get it, read it, borrow it, and thank me later ;)

What field are you in? What books are on your office desk? Leave a comment below to get the conversation going.

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.


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