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Dilemmas in archiving contemporary material: the example of the British Library

6 July 2012

Abstract

The dilemmas faced by institutions in archiving contemporary materials are exemplified by current practices at the British Library. With a growing collection aiming to be comprehensive and of use to researchers, tensions between selectivity and universality in acquisition are soon brought to the fore. Similarly, a sensible collection strategy must balance the demands of openness against the needs for privacy.

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