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ERIC Number: EJ845097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0961-0006
Role and Justification of Web Archiving by National Libraries: A Questionnaire Survey
Shiozaki, Ryo; Eisenschitz, Tamara
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v41 n2 p90-107 2009
This paper reports on a questionnaire survey of 16 national libraries designed to clarify how national libraries attempt to justify their web archiving activities. Results indicate they envisage that a) the benefits brought about by their initiatives are greater than the overall costs, b) the costs imposed on libraries are greater than the costs imposed on stakeholders, and c) all of them are making efforts to respond to legal risks in various ways (e.g. legislation, contracting and opt-out policies) although there are trade-off relations in terms of costs for negotiation, scope of access and size and scope of the web archive. The paper discusses whether a basic logic for justification of their web archiving is valid from the perspective of balancing cost-benefit. Further, it highlights the potential, underlying premises of the logic that motivates the intervention of national libraries as public sector organizations. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Iceland; Japan; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Slovenia; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States