Strategies for preserving memes as artefacts of digital culture Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2020

start page

  • 895

end page

  • 904


  • 3


  • 52

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0961-0006

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-6477


  • The Internet archives kept by heritage libraries are analysed, focusing specifically on that new type of expression characteristic of web culture and digital folklore, the meme. Five paradigmatic examples of heritage institutions engaging in web archive initiatives are explored: the Library of Congress, British Library, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Biblioteca Nacional de España and National Library of Australia. Specific assessment categories are defined for the study. The findings reveal a lack of collection policies for such representative objects of today's mass culture and identify the challenges both for the custodial institutions and for research in the future.


  • Library Science and Documentation


  • digital culture; ephemera; heritage libraries; memes; preservation; web archiving