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Preservation

Print Books and Journals

Whenever a print book or journal volume needs repair or has become too brittle for normal use,  the library's Preservation Lab provides the appropriate treatment to enable continued use.  Such items may be withdrawn from circulation but would still remain on the shelf in special boxes for use in the library.  Another option would be to rely on digitized copies, especially if the item is beyond preservation treatment or repair.

E-books and E-Journals

In order to ensure continuing access to online resources which are acquired through subscriptions, we participate in these major preservation services:

  • Portico - In 2011, Portico expanded its mission to include preservation of e-books, in addition to e-journals. With collections now exceeding 300,000 titles, major publishers increasingly are committing their e-book content for long-term preservation and, ultimately, ensuring future access in the event of triggers such as publisher cessation, backlist titles no longer offered, or catastrophic and sustained failure of delivery platforms.
  • LOCKSS - (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), based at Stanford University Libraries, is an international community initiative that provides libraries with digital preservation tools and support so that they can easily and inexpensively collect and preserve their own copies of authorized e-content.
  • HathiTrust - HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The collection now numbers almost 14 million digitized volumes, both books and journals, and, of these, over 5 million are in the public domain. Content has come from partner library collections, digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives.