ERIC Number: ED450808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Preservation of Digital Information. Proceedings of the Membership Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (131st, Washington, DC, October 15-17, 1997).
Barrett, Jaia, Ed.; Wetzel, Karen A., Ed.
The 131st meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) focused on preservation of digital information. The ARL Preservation Committee convened three panels of experts to highlight major issues raised by the archiving of digital resources, and to encourage discussion about options for operating models and criteria for digital archives. Panelists were invited to address three questions: Who should be responsible for archiving digital materials? How should this be paid for? What are the characteristics of an effective operating model? The program began with an opening and welcome by Gloria Werner, ARL Presiding President, followed by a discussion of key issues associated with digital archiving and international strategies to create research and action agendas to guide digital library creators in furthering effective digital preservation. Another discussion included the role of software in ensuring the longevity of digital documents. Individuals with expertise in the preservation of digital information from different organizational perspectives reported on their experience and future plans. The final segment of this program session began with a brief report about the community response to the 1996 Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group CPA/RLG report and the follow-up steps that were recommended by the leadership of the sponsoring organizations. Strategies for research library engagement in an agenda of the preservation of digital information were then suggested. The program session concluded with a discussion among panelists and the audience on how the research library community should respond to challenges. The Federal Relations program was a presentation on Article 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code. Program Session II focused on the state of development of copyright management information systems, how these systems could influence the management of intellectual property, and their impact on research library operations. At the ARL Business Meeting, members voted on establishment of 1998 dues and elected three members to the ARL Board. This was followed by reports and discussion of three programs of long-term strategic importance to the research library community: CLIR's National Digital Library Federation, the AAU/ARL Global Resources Program, and the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program. Appendices include reports from the Association Business Meeting, Report on Association Activities, May-September 1997, and an ARL attendance list. (AEF)
Descriptors: Archives, Electronic Text, Information Management, Information Storage, Information Technology, Library Associations, Library Materials, Library Technical Processes, Preservation, Reference Materials, Research Libraries
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.