Transcending Theories of Preservation in Library and Archives: The Perspective in the ESARBICA

Thatayaone Segaetsho (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 261
EISBN13: 9781799865759|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2527-2.ch013
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The discourse of understanding how things work, why they work the way they are, and what has to be done in order to improve how things are is centered on theories. Theories are a set of propositions that specify reasonable relationships between characteristics of a phenomenon that can be measured and defined. Theories are crucial in development of cultural heritage and its allied functions such as preservation. Despite a significant improvement in execution of preservation functions, the more incumbent challenge observed in literature is the lack of understanding of the meaning, principles, and application of theories in preservation in the ESARBICA. This chapter unpacks the theories of preservation through establishing the definitions of preservation, determining principles and uncertainties experienced, and identifying interrelated concepts of relationships and disciplines that contribute to preservation. The chapter concludes by offering a perspective for redefining a framework for preservation in libraries and archives in ESARBICA.
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