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Rumsey, Abby Smith

Works: 26 works in 131 publications in 3 languages and 2,392 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Exhibition catalogs  Handbooks and manuals  Biography 
Roles: Author, Other, Curator
Classifications: Z681.3.D53, 025.84
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Publications about Abby Smith Rumsey
Publications by Abby Smith Rumsey
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When we are no more : how digital memory is shaping our future by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 487 libraries worldwide
Examines how humanity records and passes on its culture to future generations, from the libraries of antiquity to the excess of information available in the digital age, and how ephemeral digital storage methods present a challenge for passing on current cultural memory to the future
The future of the past : preservation in American research libraries by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
16 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 251 libraries worldwide
This report summarizes the challenges and accomplishments in preservation efforts since the early 1960s. The paper gives an overview of the preservation and management of research collections and describes the context in which decisions are made by researchers and librarians about what to preserve and how. By examining how librarians and scholars grappled with the first great crisis in the preservation of library materials--the pandemic loss of information printed on embrittled acid paper--it traces the development of the current consensus on how to manage large collections recorded on many media of varying stability. Highlights include permanent paper, paper deacidification, the rationale for reformatting, the scope of the problem, and local responsibilities vs. National priorities. The need for a national preservation plan is discussed, as well as selection of materials for the national plan and the role of scholars in selection. The paper also addresses the problem that, despite striking progress made in preservation technology and management, the difficulties of preserving original library materials have scarcely diminished over time and demand the same thoughtful cooperation between scholars and librarians as they enter the 21st century as the brittle-book problem received in the 1980s. (aef)
The evidence in hand : report of the Task Force on the Artifact in Library Collections by Task Force on the Artifact in Library Collections( Book )
13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 241 libraries worldwide
This report discusses the ways in which artifacts and their physical frailties affect their research value--originality, faithfulness, fixity, and stability--over time and how libraries can minimize the risk of unacceptable loss of that value. It investigates the specific issues around selected media, such as paper-based printed matter, moving image and recorded sound materials, and objects that exist in digital form, and points to two key strategies currently in use in libraries that can be scaled up to deal with a problem of this magnitude. The first strategy is preventive maintenance, which most often entails storing items under optimal conditions to retard rates of natural decay. Prevention also includes such techniques as deacidifying items printed on wood-pulp paper, stabilizing bindings and encasing fragile items, and improving care and handling techniques for all library materials. The second strategy is the use of surrogates to reduce the stress of handling. For research purposes, digital surrogates in particular were found to be quite acceptable and were even preferable to the originals in a number of cases. Surrogates, especially when networked, have the added benefit of increasing access to an item and of providing convenience of access to items housed at distant or disparate locations. (Contains 68 references.) (Mes)
Why digitize? by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
16 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 240 libraries worldwide
This paper is a response to discussions of digitization at meetings of the National Humanities Alliance (nha). Nha asked the Council on Library and Information Resources (clir) to evaluate the experiences of cultural institutions with digitization projects to date and to summarize what has been learned about the advantages and disadvantages of digitizing culturally significant materials. Findings revealed that digitization often raises expectations of benefits, cost reductions, and efficiencies that can be illusory and, if not viewed realistically, have the potential to put at risk the collections and services libraries have provided for decades. One such false expectation--that digital conversion has already or will shortly replace microfilming as the preferred medium for preservation reformatting--could result in irreversible losses of information. This paper defines digital information; identifies weaknesses of digitization as a preservation treatment; discusses the benefits and drawbacks of digital technology for access; and highlights issues institutions must consider in contemplating a digital conversion project. (Aef)
Strategies for building digitized collections by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 204 libraries worldwide
In April 2000, the Digital Library Federation commissioned three reports to address broader concerns about digital collections in research libraries. This report synthesizes the nearly 10 years' experience that libraries have had digitizing items from their rare, special, and general collections, and making them available online. The report demonstrates that digitization programs work best where their role within a library's collection development strategy is clearly understood, and identifies several roles that such programs can play. The author muses about the extent to which digitally reformatted special and rare collections can actually support scholarly research, and looks at whether leading research libraries in particular might more usefully focus on digitizing general as opposed to special and rare collections. The report opens with points to consider in developing a sustainable strategy. The second section addresses identification, evaluation and selection, discussing polices, guidelines and best practices, and rationales for digitization. The third section focuses on institutional impacts and discusses treatment and disposition of source materials, scalability, intellectual control and data management, coordinated collection development, funding, preservation, and support of users. A final section addresses challenges in evaluating costs and benefits, and offers recommendations. (Contains 47 references.) (Aef)
Managing cultural assets from a business perspective by Laura Price( Book )
14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Without understanding the value of collections as assets to the home institution, it is difficult for libraries to determine how best to make those assets most productive. This report describes how the Library of Congress developed and implemented a plan for greater accountability over its collections. The report presents a model for the management of library and archival collections, adaptable to any type of library that defines those collections as core assets and seeks to make them maximally productive while controlling risks to their integrity. The model focuses on business risk and proposes a framework of controls to minimize the risks that threaten the viability of those assets. The first section of the report defines business risk and discusses the origins of the risk-assessment model. The next section describes the risk-assessment process which includes creating an internal control framework identifying relevant controls, determining how to assess risk, conducting the risk assessment, addressing unacceptable risks, monitoring risk, and limitations on internal control. Finally, long-term benefits of risk assessment are outlined, with discussion on integrating technology and taking preventive action. The business risk model is fully described in the appendix. (Aef)
New-model scholarship : how will it survive? by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 157 libraries worldwide
This report explores the following types of emerging scholarship: (1) experimental--designed to develop and model a methodology for generating recorded information about a historical event or an academic discipline that might otherwise go undocumented; (2) open-ended--generates digital objects that are intended to be added to over time; (3) interactive--gathers content through dynamic interactions among the participants; (4) software-intensive--stipulates that the tools for using the data are as important to preserve as is the content; (5) multimedia--creates information in a variety of genres and texts, time lines, images, audio, video, and file formats; and (6) unpublished--designed to be used and disseminated through the Web, yet not destined to be published formally or submitted for peer review. Examples of new-model scholarship are presented. Enterprise-based and community-based models for preservation of digital content are described. Two related papers are appended: "Organizational Models for Digital Archiving" (Dale Flecker); and "Digital Preservation in the United States: Survey of Current Research, Practice, and Common Understandings" (Daniel Greenstein and Abby Smith). Contains a list of nine references and 15 Web site addresses. (Mes)
Access in the future tense ( Book )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
Survey of the state of audio collections in academic libraries by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
Living traditions of Russian faith : books & manuscripts of the Old Believers : an exhibition at the Library of Congress, May 31-June 29, 1990 by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
Revelations from the Russian archives : a report from the Library of Congress ( Book )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Haare flechten 60 stylische Frisuren für den Alltag und besondere Anlässe by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
2 editions published in 2015 in German and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Prince V.V. Golitsyn : the life of an aristocrat in Muscovite Russia by Abby Smith Rumsey( Archival Material )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Sustainable economics for a digital planet : ensuring long-term access to digital information by Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Chamber winds student chamber ensembles ( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2015 in No Linguistic Content and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Kosy, puchki, khvosty, zhguty, uzly : zapleti sebe sama by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in Russian and held by 2 libraries worldwide
When is a watch not a watch? : the future of memory in the digital age by Abby Smith Rumsey( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
World enough, and time libraries as agents of cultural memory ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Authenticity in a digital environment ( file )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
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Rumsey, Abby Smith
Smith, Abby
Smith, Abby Finnogh
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