Top 10 Media Preservation Related Texts Published In The Aughts

December 8, 2009

The texts below contain words enough, so I’ll try not to add more to your burden. Criteria called for something more than articles, though not necessarily books; something related to preservation and archiving, though not necessarily strict instructional resources; something that helped advance the available knowledge base of the field, though not necessarily dry and unreadable.

10. Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists, Fred R Byers, 2003
Because they’re everywhere, but not for as long as was claimed.

9. Tinfoil Phonographs, Rene Rondeau, 2001
Because we are not immune to pictures and mechanical technologies.

8. Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, 2005
Because, agree or disagree, action needed to be defined and taken in order to move the issue forward and make the stakeholders engage.

7. The MXF Book, Nick Wells, Oliver Morgan, Jim Wilkinson & Bruce Devlin, 2006
Because it’s the way things are going, and we need to understand the route.

6. Restoration of Motion Picture Film, Paul Read & Mark-Paul Meyer, 2000
Because we need to remind ourselves that we got this one down pretty good; magnetic and digital media are next.

5. The LCSH Century: One Hundred Years With the Library of Congress Subject Headings System, Alva T. Stone editor, 2000
Because taxonomies matter.

4. IPI Media Storage Quick Reference, Peter Z. Adelstein, published by Image Permanence Institute, 2004
Because not everyone has an iPhone, and this is reference information we need.

3. FACET Format Characteristics and Preservation Problems, Mike Casey, 2007
Because such thorough, systematic training with visual examples is hard to come by.

2. PrestoSpace Wiki,
Because digital publishing is a valid resource, and PrestoSpace is a great resource.

1. The Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Archives, Libraries, and Museums, National Film Preservation Foundation (U.S.), 2004
Because you gotta start somewhere

— Joshua Ranger