New Digital Handbook Jamie Doyle 28 Aug 2000 19:21 UTC

NEDCC Announces

Handbook for Digital Projects:
A Management Tool for Preservation and Access

While the impact of digital technology on the preservation community is
undeniable, the appropriate use of digital technology for preservation
remains an open question.

Learn how the experts are answering this pressing question when you read
the Northeast Document Conservation Center s latest publication: Handbook
for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access.  For
the past five years, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)
has explored the complex issues surrounding digital preservation through
its successful School for Scanning conferences.  This book will make
up-to- date information on these issues available to a broad audience.

An easy-to-use primer, Handbook for Digital Projects is focused on meeting
the information needs of libraries, museums, archives, and other
collections holding institutions.  It is intended to serve as a resource
and response to the questions, conflicts, and unique preservation
challenges produced by ever-evolving technologies.  A compilation of
experts experiences and advice, the Handbook covers in detail, such topics

  *  Rationale for Digitization and Preservation
  *  Project Management
  *  Guidelines from Case Studies
  *  Vendor Relations
  *  Selection of Materials for Scanning
  *  Copyright Issues
  *  A Technical Primer
  *  Scholar Commentary: An End-User Speaks Up
  *  Digital Longevity

Many past and present School for Scanning faculty members have contributed
to the publication, including: Howard Besser, University of California at
Los Angeles; Paul Conway, Yale University Library; Stephen Chapman,
Harvard University Library; Diane Vogt-O Connor, National Parks Service;
Melissa Smith Levine, National Digital Library Project, Library of
Congress; Stephen Puglia, National Archives and Records Administration;
Franziska Frey, Image Permanence Institute; and, Janet Gertz, Columbia
University Libraries. Other authors include: Eileen Gifford Fenton,
University of Michigan; Steven Smith, AMIGOS; and Charles Rhyne, Reed

Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and
Access was funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services
(IMLS). NEDCC also receives ongoing support from the National Endowment
for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The book will
be available from NEDCC later this summer.  The cost of the text is
$38.00. Ordering information is available at
Questions can be directed to Juanita Singh at

NEDCC is a nonprofit, regional conservation center that specializes in the
preservation of paper-based materials for archives, museums, historical
organizations, libraries, and other collection-holding institutions.  For
more information about NEDCC, visit our Website at