Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories

1 Introduction

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The main body of the report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and archival repositories. Each of the following sections provides an overview of the key issues and concludes with two lists of recommendations: one for donors and dealers, and a second for repository staff.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Appendices provide more specific information about how to prepare for the unexpected and possible staffing costs, as well as ready-to-use checklists that incorporate recommendations from throughout the report. These recommendations are not meant to be universal and do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the co-authors’ institutions. Rather, they offer broad, useful guidance for donors, dealers, and repository staff involved in the acquisition of born-digital materials. In order to ensure that born-digital materials arrive at repositories in good condition and accompanied by appropriate documentation, it is vital to convince donors, dealers, repository staff, and others to be mindful of how they handle, document, ship, and receive digital media and files. The larger benefit and concern, as always, is the preservation of important cultural resources. The following recommendations will help archival repositories, donors, and dealers implement practical improvements that will ultimately lead to richer acquisitions.

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