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Thursday, November 5 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Digital Archiving of Journals and Library Collection Development: The Long View

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Libraries have managed the preservation of print journal collections effectively for many decades. Yet, as academic library collections shift to digital format and the conception of the library as a warehouse for print materials is increasingly challenged, the question of how we will preserve our collections shifts from the use of physical space to the use of virtual space. Central Michigan University’s journal collections are now 90% digital; we are adding little new material to our packed third floor print journal stacks. The question we now ask is: how do we assure long-term access to our digital periodical collections, including purchased packages of backfiles, when this content is hosted by a publisher that may go out of business?

Currently, CMU pays around $15,000 a year for Portico coverage. Yet, Portico only covers a portion of our holdings. Some of our digital materials are covered by LOCKSS/CLOCKSS, but we have, as yet, no relationship with either and are unsure that the self-hosting consortial model of preservation is workable in the long-term.


Ken DiFiore

Director Outreach & Participation Services, Ithaka

Pamela Grudzien

Director of Acquisitions, Metadata & Resource Sharing Services, Central Michigan University
Pamela has many years of library experience in public services, collection development, resource sharing, and more recently, technical services.  This varied experience has provided her with a well-rounded perspective of academic library services, challenges, and opportunities. Her latest projects include a Technical Services workflow analysis and reorganization plan as well as involvement in the statewide shared print project called MI... Read More →
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Matthew Ismail

Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University
Matthew is currently Director of Collection Development at Central Michigan University. He worked at the American University in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, from 1999 to 2006 and at the American University in Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, from 2006 to 2011. Matthew is on the Editorial Board of Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences, and is working with Katina Strauch and Tom Gilson on another publishing project... Read More →

Kim Smilay

Director, Publisher Relations, CLOCKSS Archive

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