Thursday, April 12, 2012

E-journal Preservation and Archiving

Due to financial and space constraints, most libraries are being forced to choose between collecting print or digital versions of many publications.  Our increased reliance on electronic resources raises serious concerns about long-term preservation of the scholarly record.  In  "E-journal Preservation and Archiving: Whether, How, Who, Which, Where, and When? Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collection in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, wonders “how important is it that we archive all of the scholarly record?”  In the past, archiving and preservation was a serendipitous byproduct of libraries building their local collections.  Perhaps we should take a step back from automatic assumption that all of the scholarly record must be preserve.

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