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204.1 The Changing Landscape: Preserving Mexican documentary heritage.

  1. Jo Ana Morfin

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Category: Communication

Description: This paper provides insights into the Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico (National Library of Mexico)’s efforts to ensure proper stewardship over its digitized and born-digital cultural collections. Since its establishment in 1867, the National Library of Mexico has collected unique and invaluable collections that are at the heart of Mexico's Bibliographic Heritage. It became the national Legal Deposit library in 1936, giving it the responsibility to create and care for the country’s documentary heritage. The Legal Deposit Decree was amended in 1991 in order to include electronic documents. In order to provide greater access to its collections, two main digital platforms were created: the Digital National Newspaper Library and the Digital National Library. This paper outlines the challenges the National Library of Mexico faces in order to preserve and provide long-term access to digital cultural collections and strategies that have been implemented so far. It shows how these impact on old rooted practices and how the library is planning to move forward in establishing sustainable approaches to guarantee the digital preservation of Mexico's documentary heritage.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


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