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Intrinsic value and the permanent record: the preservation conundrum

Lynn C. Westney (Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 20 February 2007

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the lack of attention to the preservation of intrinsic value in original artifacts by archivists and librarians with implications for the preservation of the permanent historical record.

Design/methodology/approach

Through a selective review of the recent literature about intrinsic value, the current situation is evaluated.

Findings

The paper finds that, in order to ensure the preservation of intrinsic value in both paper and digital documents, archivists and librarians must act immediately before substantial portions of the historical record suffer further permanent and irretrievable loss.

Originality/value

The issues involved in determining the presence of intrinsic value are examined. Recommendations are given for preserving the permanent historical record.

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Citation

Westney, L.C. (2007), "Intrinsic value and the permanent record: the preservation conundrum", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 5-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650750710720702

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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