Librarians and Archivists Discuss Pros and Cons of Virtual Preservation | Information Science |

Heidi Krueger spends a lot of time thinking about format.


It’s a pondering that has occupied her mind for some time, ever since Krueger, now a reference librarian and virtual services coordinator at the St. Charles Public Library, visited the Wisconsin State Archives years ago.


She recalled that the archives had a trove of information accessible only on digital tape. And the archives, at the time of her visit, had just one of the machines needed to read the digital tape – a machine that was no longer manufactured.


“All of this information was stored on these tapes, but they were dependent on one obsolete machine,” Krueger said. “All of this information could be lost, just like that.”

Via University of Nicosia Library