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Digital Preservation

A brief guide about digital preservation

Best Practices

Supporting and Prioritizing Digital Preservation

Digital preservation is more than merely making digital copies of physical materials as backups should disaster strike! Digital objects also need to be cared for and preserved. JMU Libraries support digital preservation through the following activities:

  • Preservation-level digitization and metadata creation
  • Dark archive for Libraries-owned materials (Preservica)
  • Risk-assessment for working files in the Libraries
  • Consultations for faculty and other depts on campus
  • Collaboration with Special Collections on digital content workflows and considerations


JMU Libraries prioritizes digital preservation efforts based on assessment of preservation risk, collection value, and available resources. Priority is given to the following materials:

  • Born-digital library and archival collection materials
  • Library and archival collection materials with no corresponding physical version
  • Items or collections from the JMU or consortial community for which JMU Libraries have accepted a curatorial role