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Preservation codes for Conspectus

From: Jan Lyall <jlyall>
Date: Monday, March 25, 1996
Draft model for the recording of preservation information on the
Australian Conspectus

In response to Resolution AE1, passed by delegates at the 3rd
National Roundtable on Libraries and Asia, held in Canberra on 16
February 1995 viz:

That the DNC Office call upon Australian libraries with an interest
in Asian materials to demonstrate their commitment to preserving
Asian materials by:

    *   co-operating with the DNC Office and the National
        Preservation Office (NPO) to develop preservation codes for
        recording the preservation status of Asian materials
        collections and recording this information in the Conspectus
        database. The facility already exists on the NBD for data on
        the preservation status to be recorded.

    *   co-operating with the DNC Office and the NPO to develop a
        classification system for describing the "significance" of
        their Asian collections.

    *   adopting procedures to be developed by the DNC Office to
        include information about the significance of collections on
        the Conspectus database.

A document has been drafted by the DNC Office, in consultation with
staff from the National Preservation Office and Preservation
Services, National Library of Australia, to provide a draft model
for the recording of preservation information on the Australian
Conspectus.  We are now seeking the views of Conspectus users on
this draft model.

At the end of the consultation process the model will be redesigned
based on comments received and distributed as an information leaflet
to users of the Australian Conspectus, as well as Conspectus users
in other countries.  It will also be incorporated in the next
edition of the Australian Conspectus Manual.

The DNC Office is interested in receiving comments on the suggested
draft model, with replies due before 30 April 1996.

Copies are available from:

    Rachel Jakimow
    Australian Conspectus Manager
    DNC Office
    National Library of Australia
    Canberra ACT 2600
    +61 6 262 1522
    Fax: +61 6 257 1703
    r.jakimow [at] nla__gov__au

Jan Lyall
National Preservation Office
National Library of Australia
+61 6 262 1571
Fax: +61 6 273 4493

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:66
                  Distributed: Monday, March 25, 1996
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Received on Monday, 25 March, 1996

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