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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

Outreach Director, ITHAKA
Since 2005, Ken has been a Library Outreach Director at ITHAKA – the organizational home of JSTOR, Portico, Artstor, and Ithaka S&R. During his tenure, he has contributed to the business development, marketing, and adoption of innovative products and services. Ken holds an advance... Read More →

Pamela Grudzien

Director of Acquisitions, Metadata and Resource Sharing Services, Central Michigan University Libraries
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... Read More →
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Matthew Ismail

Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University Libraries

Kim Smilay

Director, Publisher Relations, CLOCKSS Archive

Thursday November 5, 2015 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Citadel Green Room, Embassy Suites