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Topics in Information Studies: Digital Curation

What is Digital Curation?

The Library of Congress describes "curation" as "a useful concept for describing the evolving whole-life view of digital preservation, but concentrates on underpinning activities of building and managing collections of digital assets." In other words, digital curation is not simply one action related to a digital collection - it encompasses multiple actions such as acquisition, preservation, maintenance, and more. Such actions preserve current digital data collections and work to add new digital materials.

Research Assistance

Because digital curation encompasses activities like digital preservation, you can use other terms, but the most accurate results will come from searching the keywords "digital curation" in LISTA, LISA, and ERIC.


Books Available at Dewey

  • Caro, S. (2016). Digitizing your collection: Public library success stories. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.
    Dewey Library / Z701.3.D54 C37 2016
  • Cloonan, M.V. (2015). Preserving our heritage: Perspectives from antiquity to the digital age. Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman.
    Dewey Library / Z701 .P7537 2015
  • Decker, J. (Ed.). (2015). Technology and digital initiatives: Innovative approaches for museums. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    Online / AM7 .T46 2015
  • Foster, A., & Rafferty, P. (Eds.). (2016). Managing digital cultural objects: Analysis, discovery, and retrieval. Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman.
    Online / ZA4080 .M36 2016
  • Giannachi, G. (2016). Archive everything: Mapping the everyday. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
    Dewey Library / CD947 .G53 2016
  • Harvey, D.R., & Oliver, G. (2016). Digital curation (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: ALA Neal-Schuman.
    Dewey Library / ZA4080 .H37 2016
  • O'Meara, E., & Stratton, K. (2016). Digital preservation essentials (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: Society of American Archivists.
    Dewey Library / Z701.3.C65 O64 2016
  • Purcell, A.D. (2016). Digital library programs for libraries and archives: Developing, managing, and sustaining unique digital collections. Chicago, IL: ALA Neal-Schuman.
    Dewey Library / ZA4080 .P87 2016

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Information Studies, at (518)-442-3698 or - or stop by during her office hours, held on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm.

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