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Preservation Case Studies for Archives is an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions.

About the Authors -- Jim Lindner and Mick Newnham have worked as lecturers and instructors teaching archive management for over two decades. From half-day seminars to in depth instruction taking weeks, they had the opportunity to teach students from many different levels and countries, and learn from them as well. They quickly found that there was no good training material available that seriously engages students in the learning process. The authors decided to write their own material based on the Case Study method. And with success. Lindner and Newnham clearly know their subject. With Preservation Case Studies they have delivered a well researched, thoroughly tested and clearly presented work. Preservation Case Studies is an essential resource for every trainer, student or archivist. However experienced you are, you will find something useful. The cases can be used in multiple ways for different subjects and purposes. The activities and questions provided at the end of each case stimulate critical thinking and discussion about archive management.

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