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Library Trends 56 (1) Summer 2007: Preserving Cultural Heritage


Library Trends 56 (1) Summer 2007: Preserving Cultural Heritage. Edited by Michèle V. Cloonan and Ross Harvey.

In the last twenty-five years, "preservation" scholarship has evolved to a dual pursuit: the idea that we need to preserve and the theoretical issues concerning preservation—what to save, how to save it, and how such decisions are made. Also, preservation is now equated with history and memory, thus cultural heritage preservation is currently a subject of considerable interest to a wide range of stakeholders. It is increasingly being perceived that the issues of the archives, library, art, and historic preservation fields have much in common, certainly more than was apparent in the past, and each field can learn from the others. Some of these issues emerge from the attempt to define from varying perspectives the concepts of cultural property ownership that were developed in colonial times; from the expropriation of cultural heritage for political and ideological aims; from changing understandings about intellectual property rights in an increasingly globalized environment; and from the changing techniques now available to cultural heritage preservation, most notably the impacts of digital culture. This issue of Library Trends describes some of the issues that are common among the archives, library, art, and historic preservation fields, and shows how these issues help us focus on the past and perceive contemporary culture.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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