INF520 Preservation of Information Resources (8)


The preservation of information resources for the long term has always been a challenging process and is today even more so given the proliferation of digital objects now being held by most institutions. This subject provides an overview of preservation policies, passive and active preservation and conservation approaches for traditional materials, disaster planning, and approaches to dealing with digital collections.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceSPACE, University of Hong Kong
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF520
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF319
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
INF319 INF319 Double coded subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- show that they understand the need for careful planning and prioritising of preservation activity;
- demonstrate an appreciation of the impact that environmental conditions have on the longevity of material;
- show that they are familiar with the major standards regarding storage, transport and handling of a range of materials;
- show that they understand basic conservation principles;
- be able to develop an emergency management plan;
- show that they understand the role of digitisation as a form of preservation; and
- be able to articulate the main approaches to digital preservation.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to preservation, responsibilities, ethics - Developing a preservation policy - Storage and handling (passive preservation) - Conservation - Emergency management planning - Digitisation and preservation


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.