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Personal Name Isip, Jonathan D.
Resource Title Digital preservation needs assessment in the archives profession towards LIS curriculum development / Jonathan D. Isip ; Benedict S. Olgado
Date Issued May 2015
Abstract Digital formats are increasingly becoming the preferred medium for record keeping. These digital records may be kept in intangible and sometimes proprietary formats without insurance of continued access to the information content within. Digital preservation concerns the policies, strategies, and actions undertaken to ensure continued access to digital information over time. These actions are guided by standards and guidelines such as the reference model for an Open Archival Information System, the Producer-Archive Interface Methodology Abstract Standard, the Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories, and the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata. These standards and guideline are reflected in courses and certifications on digital preservation such as the Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist certification and the Digital Conservation Center's Digital Curation 101 curriculum. In the Philippine setting there is no established course on digital preservation in the undergraduate LIS curriculum and practitioners rely mostly on seminars and workshops for education on the subject.

The research answers the question of which competencies are missing from the LIS curriculum as observed from industry needs and how those competencies can be integrated into the curriculum using a cross-sectional exploratory research design. Data was collected by document analysis and the use of qualitative interviews with five institutions, one professional organization, and two universities.

A need for digital preservation was observed in respondent institutions, but also revealed the lack of awareness of digital preservation theories and standards. This was attributed to the lack of a course in digital preservation in the respondent universities as well as the reliance of institutions on consultants for their digital preservation programs. The proposed digital preservation course by the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies was found to satisfy most needs expressed by institutions and recommended by existing standards and guidelines. A majority of unsatisfied needs was observed to be management related and indicative of the need for a separate course in archival management.
Degree Course Bachelor of Library and Information Science
Language English
Keyword Curriculum mapping; Digital preservation; LIS curriculum; Needs assessment
Material Type Thesis/Dissertation
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