A preservation policy is an essential component of a collections management framework, regardless of the size of the collection or organisation. It sets out an organisation’s approach to preservation, addressing the questions of what needs to be preserved, why, for what purpose, and for how long. The policy clarifies the responsibilities of all concerned, staff, volunteers, and users alike. It enables organisations to set and validate priorities, and to review long-standing practices.
Building a successful preservation policy relies on a clear sense of purpose, widespread collaboration and good communication. This booklet from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre provides a framework for setting out an organisation’s approach to achieving the sustainable use of its collections through a preservation policy.
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