Home > ResourceBlog > Article

« All ResourceBlog Articles

 

Feed

Friday, 30th July 2010

A Conversation with the David Walls, GPO's First Preservation Librarian

About two weeks ago we posted an item about the Government Printing Office hiring the first preservation librarian in the history of the agency.

His name is David Walls and he came to the GPO from Yale University where he worked as a preservation librarian for twelve years. He is concluding his fourth month on the job.

Today, the Washington Post has published a Q&A style interview with Mr. Walls.

Here are two question and answer sets.

Q. How did you get interested in library preservation?

Walls: I volunteered years ago in the rare-books collection at the Baylor University library in Texas. I got bitten by the bug then. It's a very small field and a young one. You could probably put every preservation person in the U.S. in one large hotel ballroom. Most people who do this work are in academic settings or private libraries, but there are government libraries, too, beyond the Library of Congress. You've got the National Library of Medicine, for example.

Q. What are the challenges of carrying out the agency's mission without paper?

Wallis: The paper publication had a physical form, so there was some intellectual control over what it was and where you could find it. You could sit there for quite a long time without worrying about it becoming obsolete. You weren't going to go into the library one day and find out that a publication was inaccessible because it was in a different file format.

With digital, you have the whole issue of how do you know it's authentic? That all the information is there? The digital publication requires almost constant vigilance.

Access the Complete Washington Post Interview




« All ResourceBlog Articles

 

FreePint

FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »


FeedLatest FreePint Content:


  • Click to view the article Introduction and Overview of Content Management Systems (CMS)
    Thursday, 30th July 2015

    Content management systems (CMSs) have grown to become the backbone of many companies' technology strategy. This article provides an overview of CMSs including the business problems they solve, their main benefits and pitfalls, what a buyer should look for in a CMS and some practical steps on how to select a CMS from open source solutions such as WordPress to enterprise solutions such as Adobe.

  • Click to view the article FreePint Feedback - Noting Articles for Future Reference
    Thursday, 30th July 2015

    Jody Ridgwell, production and design manager at FreePint, explains how to star FreePint articles to save them to your personal list for future reference.

  • Click to view the article Twitter as a Research Tool - the Benefits and the Dangers
    Wednesday, 29th July 2015

    The article considers the pros and cons of Twitter as a research tool in a corporate context. In particular, it examines issues of trust and reliability - namely, how can good content be distinguished from the bad. Furthermore, there will also be a brief review relating to any potential rules and/or restrictions relating to the use of Twitter content.

  • ... more ...

All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »


A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.

Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.


FreePint Testimonials

"Every time I go into the collection, I find something useful." Head of Knowledge Services, Global finance

Read more testimonials and supply yours »






 

 
 
 

Register

Register to receive the free ResourceShelf Newsletter, featuring highlighted posts.

Find out more »

Article Categories

All Article Categories »

Archive

All Archives »