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 Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF319

Subject Relationships

INF319 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to professionally plan and prioritise preservation activities;
  • be able to explain the complex impact that environmental conditions have on the longevity of material;
  • be able to critically apply the major standards regarding storage, transport and handling of a range of materials;
  • be able to apply specialist conservation principles;
  • be able to develop an emergency management plan; and
  • be able to critically evaluate the role of digitisation as a form of preservation and research and apply contemporary approaches to digital preservation.


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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.