Lars Meyer reports on his project, which used qualitative interviews, expert meetings, a literature review, and a review of preservation statistics to describe contemporary preservation activities in libraries.
Collectively ARL libraries hold more than 470 million print volumes. These works are complemented by many digital works and special collections. Preservation has long been an area of significant activity both for ARL and its member libraries. In 2007, the ARL Task Force on the Future of Preservation in Research Libraries convened a group of preservation experts and association leaders who issued a set of recommendations for ARL, associations sharing ARL’s preservation concerns, and ARL member libraries. This statement, approved by the ARL Board of Directors on July 24, 2007, expresses the emphasis the task force sees for research libraries and their preservation mission: “For the scholars and researchers we serve to have enduring access to scholarship in all formats, ARL members libraries must invest in maintaining strong local and cooperative preservation programs.”
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) endorsed the recommendations made in the report, “E-Journal Archiving Metes and Bounds: A Survey of the Landscape,” written by Anne R. Kenney, Richard Entlich, Peter B. Hirtle, Nancy Y. McGovern, and Ellie L. Buckley, and published in 2006 by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The ARL Board endorsed the recommendations in the CLIR report at its February 8–9, 2007, meeting in Washington, DC. This statement was released on February 14, 2007.
ARL Strategic Directions Steering Committee Topical Briefing, presented at the 147th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2005.
This statement arose out of a 2005 meeting of library leaders hosted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and articulates four actions needed to support the development of qualified preservation archives for scholarly e-journals.
Edited by Judith Matz • 2004 • ISBN 1-59407-663-4 • 158pp.
In July 2003, many of the key stakeholders in audiovisual preservation met at the University of Texas at Austin to share their experiences and discuss the challenges ahead, specifically in the area of preserving sound recordings. The program featured talks by experts on topics ranging from assessing the preservation needs of audio collections to creating, preserving, and making publicly available digitally reformatted audio recordings. Conference attendees--critical stakeholders of the future of audio preservation--articulated seven areas for future action to move the field effectively forward. In this publication, ARL presents the symposium papers and these recommendations for future action.
Print copies are also available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.
Proceedings of the 145th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2004.
ARL has endorsed digitization as an accepted preservation reformatting option for a range of materials. This endorsement comes from the work of the ARL Preservation Committee, and this statement was released on July 20, 2004.
This paper was prepared in 2004 at the request of the ARL Preservation Committee to facilitate the development and implementation of policies, standards, guidelines, and best practices in using digitization for reformatting purposes.
George J. Soete with Janice Mohlhenrich Lathrop • 2003 • ISBN 0-918006-99-6 • 29 pp.
This publication responds to a need articulated by ARL library directors for a brief non-technical survey of preservation, preservation methods--their appropriate uses, advantages, and disadvantages--and preservation costs. It is intended to provide an overview and to help library administrators in their local planning for preservation and in their communication with preservation specialists.
Print copies are also available for $15.00 plus shipping & handling.
Proceedings of the 143rd ARL Membership Meeting, October 2003.
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 269 is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
In this statement, approved by the ARL Board of Directors on May 24, 2002, the members of ARL reaffirm their commitment to preservation as one of the fundamental responsibilities of the research library community.
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 249 is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
"Strategic Issues in Digitization Initiatives in Special Collections," by Frances Groen, presented at the 134th ARL Membership Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas, May 12–14, 1999.
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 228 (Transforming Libraries 5) is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 214 is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
1993 • Print copies are available for $15/each or $80/set plus shipping & handling.
Each of the seven resource guides in this set provide comprehensive, easy-to-use information relating to a major component of effective preservation programs. These guides offer a conceptual framework to facilitate preservation decision-making within a specific area and help libraries to assess current practices. Bibliographies of additional preservation literature are included in each issue.
- Collections Conservation
Robert DeCandido • ISBN 0-918006-67-8 • 134pp.
- Collection Maintenance and Improvement
Sherry Byrne • ISBN 0-918006-66-X • 98pp.
- Disaster Preparedness
Constance Brooks • ISBN 0-918006-65-1 • 184pp.
- Managing a Library Binding Program
Jan Merrill-Oldham • ISBN 0-918006-68-6 • 159pp.
- Options for Replacing and Reformatting Deteriorated Materials
Jennifer Banks • ISBN 0-918006-65-1 • 51pp.
- Organizing Preservation Activities
Michele Cloonan • ISBN 0-918006-66-X • 98pp.
- Staff Training and User Awareness in Preservation Management
Wesley Boomgaarden • ISBN 0-918006-64-3 • 89 pp.
Pamela Darling; revised by Jan Merrill-Oldham and Jutta Reed-Scott • 1993 • ISBN 0-918006-69-4 • 138pp.
This revised edition provides a well-tested methodology for comprehensive preservation planning and aims to assist libraries with their efforts to establish or augment local preservation programs. The manual brings together a variety of checklists, outlines, and samples to help guide program development.
Print copies are available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.
Compiled by Maralyn Jones • 1993 • ISBN 0-615-00357-5 • 452 pp.
The manual includes instructions for more than 100 collection conservation treatments (many illustrated); floor plans and furnishing/equipment lists; flow charts and decision trees; a bibliography of core readings on collection conservation; and the final report from "Training the Trainers: A Conference on Training in Collection Conservation."
Print copies are available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.
Jan Merrill-Oldham, Carolyn Clark Morrow, and Mark Roosa • 1991 • ISBN 0-918006-20-1 • 54pp.
This publication discusses 10 components of a comprehensive preservation program and describes four levels of program maturity, with benchmarks for personnel, production, and budgets.
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