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Digitization has provided opportunities for institutions to create digital surrogates for fragile and endangered artifacts, while providing greater access to cultural heritage materials. Libraries, archives, and museums are also increasingly active in preserving community materials that are “born” digital, including photographs, audio, video, and websites.

This five-part course reviewed best practices for the care of digital materials and featured case studies that illustrate the best, and worst, experiences of cultural heritage institutions in their efforts to prevent a digital dark age. It is a part of the Caring for Yesterday’s TreasuresóToday series.

Course: Caring for Digital Materials: Preventing a Digital Dark Age

Produced by: AASLH, IMLS, Heritage Preservation