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Knowing the need and optimising the preservation of library and archive collections

Cover of the Knowing the need report This one day conference, held at the British Library on 1 March 2013, focussed on getting more bang for your buck in the management and application of preservation strategy. Through a combination of presentations and discussion sessions, the programme covered:

  • Knowing the Need (PDF format 1.16MB) the launch of the second report on the state of preservation in libraries and archives in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • Research into the value of special collections and how that value can be maximised.
  • An investigation into the apparent lack of discrimination in the application of preservation strategies and the reasons for this.
  • A challenge to decision-makers to be more selective in their decision making and prioritisation in order to optimise their preservation activity.
  • Next steps for working together to improve the status quo.


Graph from Knowing the need report   Knowing the Need: optimising preservation for libraries and archives
(PDF format) 428KB

Caroline Peach, Head
Preservation Advisory Centre

Senate House   Unique and distinctive collections. Exploring value and use (PDF format) 638KB
Alison Cullingford
Special Collections Librarian
University of Bradford

Broken ceramic   Confidence or evidence how much data do we need to make a decision? (PDF format) 1.6MB

Jane Henderson
Senior Lecturer
Cardiff University

Environmental parameters   Changing times, changing standards: the evolution of standards for the library and archive storage environment
(PDF format) 1.2MB

Dr Barry Knight
Head of Conservation Research, British Library

Microfilm   Preservation Surrogacy - past practice, future intentions (PDF format) 465KB

Caroline Peach, Head
Preservation Advisory Centre

Scottish Council on Archives logo   Assessing the needs of archives in Scotland: a case study
(PDF format) 1.52MB

Dr Gerry Slater
Policy Adviser to the
Scottish Council on Archives

slideshare logo   Presentations can also be viewed on slideshare

Blogs about the conference (with thanks to Katie and Louise):
Katie Birkwood
Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians, London
Louise Ray Archives and Records Consultant