Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe current practices and techniques used to counteract deterioration of media and content in information centres
  2. evaluate the preservation needs of an information centre and develop a program
  3. understand the issues involved in the transition from paper assets and objects to digital information and the long term preservation of digital information
  4. develop an understanding of copyright law and digital preservation.
  • Topics
    • Students will be provided with a list of topics in their Unit Outline.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:


Assumes substantial prior knowledge. If you have not completed all Level 1 and Level 2 Information Studies subjects & want to enrol in this subject, email Degree Coordinator (

Special requirements

No special requirements

Explores the strategies and practices that information professionals use to cope with the problem of deteriorating materials. These range from practical low-cost actions that may be implemented in every kind of working environment, to strategies that can only be administered at a national, sometimes even international, level.

A site-based visit may be organised according to student numbers.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Test (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercise (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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