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Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle - by Jennifer Wright

Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle - by Jennifer Wright | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A common inquiry I receive from Smithsonian staff is whether it is better to keep their files in electronic or paper format.  The best answer to this question is "it depends."  There are several factors to consider.
1)      How long do the files need to be kept?

2)       Does one format have more value than the other?

3)      Is one format easier to use?

4)      In what format are the majority of the records already?

 

Photo: Jeanne Benas, by Strauss, Richard, 1990, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 90-877-11A.

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The right questions to ask when deciding about keeping records or archives

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We Need Copyright 2.0 | American Libraries Magazine

We Need Copyright 2.0 | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Neal Starkey (American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.)

 

"[...] the only way to guarantee lasting public access to the increasingly digitized intellectual wealth of the world is through the reform of copyright law.

We need the creation of solid legal exemptions for libraries to break DRM and to own, circulate, and ­archive digital copies."

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