Software and physical carrier retention are two important but different
issues. They deserve separat threads.
In regards to physical carrier retention, I can speak to the situation at
on archive where I once worked. The SIL language and culture archive. The
scope of acceptable accessions was limited for many years to only things
that staff “employees” of SIL had produced as part of their work. So in
this sense it is very much a corporate archive and an institutional
repository than a public institution or university archive. Within this
context there was also a franchise model of decision making in that SIL has
business units all over the world and each business unit is responsible for
their own collection decisions within the framework of the corporate
archive(s). Based on limited funding and unstable political climates in
many of the locations of operation it was frequently the case that once
items were digitized there physical carrier became a financial “cost” to
maintain in a space and was discarded.
On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 6:07 AM Stephen M.H. Braitman <
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> Hello, one and all:
> We almost made it through this mad year. Glad you’re all still around.
> I’d appreciate some feedback to this issue directed to those of you who
> manage collections and archives and are tasked with preservation,
> acquisition, and/or “refinement” :
> Is the importance of physical material in libraries and archives
> decreasing due to the surge in usage of digital files?
> Do you see a future when physical artifacts are no longer collected,
> archived, preserved, once they have been effectively digitized or otherwise
> electronically manifested?
> And, finally, is this situation causing institutions to, at least, look
> more seriously at their archives and collections for their pertinence and
> relevance, thus causing a paring down or refocusing of their priorities?
> Sorry to be long-winded, but thanks for any thoughts you might have.
> Happy new year!
> Stephen M.H. Braitman, ASA
> Accredited Senior Appraiser of Music
> Archives & Memorabilia
> American Society of Appraisers
> www.MusicAppraisals.com <http://www.musicappraisals.com/>
All the best,
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