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Thursday, 23rd July 2015

ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation

Source: Council on Library and Information Resources

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The guide aims to help public and private institutions, as well as individual collectors, that have sound recordings in their collections but lack the professional expertise in one or more areas to preserve them. The chapters that follow cover audio conservation and preservation, recorded sound formats and their associated risks, appraisal, related copyright issues, and disaster preparedness. The guide also offers advice on making informed decisions about digitization, as well as strategies for managing digital content.

The guide is an introduction to audio preservation principles and practices. Users of the guide will each have varying degrees of expertise, and varying goals and priorities. Readers may find certain chapters more relevant to their immediate needs than others. The guide is designed so that chapters may be read and under- stood individually or sequentially through the entire volume.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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