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Evidence for Informed Preservation Planning and Advocacy: A Synoptic View

Bell, N; Cassar, M; Strlic, M; (2018) Evidence for Informed Preservation Planning and Advocacy: A Synoptic View. Studies in Conservation , 63 (Supl 1) pp. 8-14. 10.1080/00393630.2018.1475099. Green open access

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Abstract

We argue the need to demonstrate the value of preservation services to institutions, the public and funders, because it matters conceptually and needs to be supported and validated. To address this imperative, improved and focused data capture and its use by collection managers is advocated as the necessary first step towards the development of an evidence-based culture for preservation services and synoptic decision-making, where evidence enables us to optimise the outcome of planning. To do so, we need tools that enable us to evaluate diverse preservation scenarios. We demonstrate the potential of emerging cross-disciplinary tools and protocols developed in the recent years such as attitude surveys, computational modelling and demographic modelling. These offer evidence that informs prospective preservation planning and, importantly, provides a credible evidence base for advocacy. These possibilities are discussed within the wider context of well-established preservation planning protocols that have shaped collection management for three decades, broadly characterised as retrospective.

Type: Article
Title: Evidence for Informed Preservation Planning and Advocacy: A Synoptic View
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2018.1475099
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2018.1475099
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Collection care, preventive conservation, planning, decision-making
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058876
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