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Electronic Records Management Guidelines

Digital Media
Annotated List of Resources

Primary Resources:

Beyers, Fred R. Information Technology: Care and Handling for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs - A Guide for Librarians and Archivists. NIST Special Publication 500-252. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute of Standards and Technology; Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources. October 2003.

This guide discusses the physical characteristics of various optical media, as well as methods for their proper care and handling to ensure longest possible use in any given environment. A useful glossary is included.

National Archives Records Administration. Frequently Asked Questions about Optical Media. August 6, 2007.

These frequently asked questions provide a brief overview of optical media from a records management perspective including answering how information is recorded onto optical media and addressing issues of stability.

National Archives Records Administration. Frequently Asked Questions about Optical Media: Storing Temporary Records on CDs and DVDs. August 6, 2007.

These frequently asked questions provide general information on using optical media as storage media.


Additional Resources:

The PC Technology Guide. United Kingdom: Dave Anderson, 2001.

This site is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of the personal computer. Topics include hardware, software, computer use, and digital media.


This comprehensive online encyclopedia for the information technology community provides an easy-to-understand, searchable database of terms.

COOL (Conservation Online): Electronic Storage Media.

These pages are part of the Conservation OnLine, Resources for Conservation Professionals web site operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. This web page is a collection of materials from other sources about electronic conservation, including resources on disaster recovery, electronic media, electronic formats, and storage environments.



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Electronic Records Management Guidelines, March 2012, Version 5.

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