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Renew and recycle: developing sustainable preservation strategies

Jacob Nadal (Library of Congress, Preservation Directorate, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Erin Engle (Library of Congress, Preservation Directorate, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 17 July 2023

Issue publication date: 8 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The Library of Congress is engaged in an effort to ensure the health and sustainability of its preservation program.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is an expanded version of a presentation Jacob Nadal and Erin Engle gave at the 7th Kuopio Conference. That presentation explained how the preservation management team re-evaluated and re-imagined its work through a series of workshops, cost studies and planning exercises. This led to a new way to respond to immediate operational requirements and adapt to agency focus across strategic planning cycles while still making progress on large-scale preservation needs.

Findings

This work led to new plans for the workforce and fiscal resources needed to maintain a rich array of options for use of the collections over the long term. This paper details the philosophy and strategy behind this approach to address financial and organizational sustainability of a large-scale preservation program.

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Citation

Nadal, J. and Engle, E. (2023), "Renew and recycle: developing sustainable preservation strategies", Library Management, Vol. 44 No. 5, pp. 323-328. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-03-2023-0021

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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