Collection Management

Artifact Name:         

LI855 Issues in Managing Digital Archive Collections (Artifact)

MLS Outcome:       

P.O. 2 Information Resources: Explain and implement the development, maintenance, and management of collections and resources to meet specific information needs.

Reflective Statement:

The purpose of Collection Management and Development (LI855) is to learn about current practices and policies relating to collection building and management in information agencies and libraries. Within the area of collection management we as a class were required to be able to explain major issues involving the management of materials including preservation and access discussed by Evans and Saponaro in their book Developing Library and Information Center Collections.

In my paper I discussed four areas of collection management within digital archives these included longevity management (conversion, migration, and emulation), integrity (authenticity and metadata solutions), data loss security (LOCKSS, COM, and cloud storage) based on Hunter’s theories in Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives. These three practices if properly managed would all lead to continued access to digital archives.

The research that I performed in creating this artifact gave me a foundation of practical theory so that when I talked to professional digital archivist, Tawyna Keller from the University of Utah Marriott Library I was able to understand the complexities of digital archives management.