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Roberta Shaffer: Library of Congress Issues Preservation Format Recommendations

recordThe Library of Congress has published a set of file formats meant to guide archivists in acquiring and preserving books, digital sources, recordings and other materials for public access.

LOC recommended formats for textual works and musical compositions, still image works, audio works, moving image works, software and electronic gaming and learning, and databases/datasets, the library said June 23.

“The goal of these recommendations and the ongoing process of reviewing and updating them annually is both to inform our internal acquisitions teams and also to share with external audiences what we are observing works well from a preservation perspective,” said Roberta Shaffer, association librarian for library services.

Officials discussed and gathered feedback on the content formats during the annual American Library Association conference in late June.

The Capitol Hill-based library maintains more than 158 million records in different languages, formats and disciplines.

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