Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pursuing Preservation - The Book

I made a book! I decided to try a little experiment and shift my self-publishing media from the blog to the printed book and crafted the volume, Pursuing Preservation. It is a collection of "greatest hits" from my blog. 

Here's the descriptive blurb I wrote for it:

Pursuing Preservation contains the personal and occasionally peculiar reflections of the author as he ponders the deeper meanings of his own work in preservation in a library context. These meditations probe questions like: what do we mean by permanence, what are we to preserve, and what is the source of our authority to make preservation decisions? Driedger attempts to create conversations between various preservation communities including voices from the archives and museum worlds, as well as distinctly non-western approaches to preservation.

Part of my motivation in doing this was to learn about the self-publishing experience. I used Amazon's CreateSpace. It was a pretty straightforward affair. It helps that I could do the layout in Microsoft Publisher and then save as a PDF which gave me more control over layout - not that I spent a lot of time worrying about layout. I want to try and do a Kindle version too, just for the heck of it.

So, if you enjoy reading my blog, but really wish you could add your own notes and scribbles, or you need something to stabilize a wobbly table, have I got a book for you.


  1. Congratulations and welcome to the "I'm published!" club.

    1. Thanks, although I think my membership would deserve an asterisk - the "I'm self-published club."