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Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century

This report responds to a recommendation of the 2006 ARL Task Force on the Future of Preservation in ARL Libraries. The task force encouraged ARL to conduct a high-level investigation of the range and balance of preservation activities represented among the ARL membership. The report is a thoughtful and thorough qualitative examination of how research libraries' preservation activities are evolving and expanding in the 21st century. It not only consideres activities traditionally captured by ARL’s Preservation Statistics, but also a host of emerging activities largely, but not exclusively, centered on developing digital collections and involving collaborative efforts.

pdf safeguarding-collections.pdf

 
 
 

Detailed Responses to Section 108 Working Group Questions

The Section 108 Study Group released a Background Paper and requested comments on issues relating to library and archival exceptions under Section 108. The library community provided written and oral statements to the Study Group. Based on the additional input from the library community, the responses in this document provide greater detail and in some instances, clarify the earlier statements filed in conjunction with the March Roundtables and the request for comment by the Study Group.

pdf section108-working-group-2006.pdf

 
     

Membership Meeting 2008 (Spring): Bamboo Planning Project

Bamboo is a community-driven cyberinfrastructure initiative that includes faculty and researchers engaged in humanistic inquiry, computer scientists and information scientists interested in innovative models for shared services, and librarians, academic content partners, campus information technologists and other professionals who want to work together across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries to better enable and foster innovation in the arts and humanities. Presented at the 152nd ARL Membership Meeting, May 2008.

pdf mm-152-kainz-faulhaber.pdf

 
 

The Humanist: "Dances with Wolves" or "Bowls Alone"?

This paper discusses informal scholarly communication in the humanities; ways in which information technology can influence the content of scholarly communication without necessarily changing its outward forms; and an emerging genre of scholarly communication in the humanities, one that is native to the Web, and raises some interesting challenges for the disciplines. Presented at "Scholarly Tribes and Tribulations: How Tradition and Technology Are Driving Disciplinary Change," October 17, 2003.

pdf scholarly-tribes-unsworth-17oct03.pdf

 
 

Scholarly Tribes and Tribulations: How Tradition and Technology Are Driving Disciplinary Change [annotated bibliography]

In 2003, ARL convened a group of scholars, librarians, information technologists, and administrators to explore how the disciplines and sub-disciplines are approaching the use of technology.

pdf scholarly-tribes-bibl-dec03.pdf

 
 
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