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

Views: 2559




« All ResourceBlog Articles

 

FreePint

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


FeedLatest FreePint Content:


  • Click to view the article Product Review of Nexis (Value - Competitors, Development & Pricing)
    Thursday, 29th January 2015

    Jan Knight concludes her product review of Nexis, provider of premium curated business, industry and news information. The fourth part of her review looks at how recent enhancements have added value in terms of time saving and better results.

  • Click to view the article What to Avoid When Implementing Social Tools
    Thursday, 29th January 2015

    There are many published blogs and articles which discuss some of the successful approaches organisations have taken to deploying social tools. Unfortunately many organisations have failed in their deployment of social tools. There are many reasons for this and James Mullan looks at some of them.

  • Click to view the article A FreePint Year in Review
    Wednesday, 28th January 2015

    FreePint reflects on content published in 2014 and how the business has made a difference to readers and customers over the last year.

  • ... 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

"Thanks for an interesting hour - felt like I was able to step back and think about my profession, vs. only the next task/project. I needed ..."

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 »