April 15, 2014

The Library of Congress and CLIR Release National Recording Preservation Plan

From a LC Announcement: The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy […]

Judge’s Ruling a Win for Fair Use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Case

The Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., yesterday held that the HathiTrust’s mass digitization is fair use, in spite of the challenges raised in a lawsuit by the Author’s Guild and others, both associations and individual authors. Crucial to his reading of the case is Baer’s rejection of the plaintiff’s theory that section 108 of the copyright law prevents libraries claiming fair use as a defense.

Baer said in his opinion, “I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by Defendants’ MDP, and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the ADA.”

Digitization and Preservation of Newspaper Collections Are Focus of Latest Issue of International Preservation News

The May 2012 Issue of International Preservation News (No. 56) was made available online (via IFLA) a couple of days ago. The full text is available as a PDF file. It runs 40 pages. The issue features six articles that look at newspaper digitization and preservation. Articles Found in May 2012 Issue of IPN: Digitization […]

University of Virginia Library Building Theresa Sullivan Resignation Archive, Preserving Physical Objects and Digital Conten

From an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Angela Chen: This is the first time the libraries have tried to preserve materials from a large-scale, continuing event, said Bradley Daigle, director of digital-curation services. The staff did not begin collecting materials on the subject until a rally on June 18. As of June […]

Well Deserved Praise for Brewster Kahle

The following comments (and more) appear in a Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia) column by Dave Obee. Brewster and his wife were visiting Vancouver Island earlier this week. We 100% agree with what Obee has to say. From a Times Colonist Column: Brewster Kahle is the type of person we all should admire – he’s […]

Digital Preservation: CLOCKSS and Portico Welcome New Publishers, Publications

Here’s a look at several digital preservation announcements made during the past couple of days. New Publishers/Publications: CLOCKSS PeerJ Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive Future Science Group Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive American Society of Plant Biologists Preserves Content with the CLOCKSS Archive New Publishers/Publications: Portico University of Oklahoma to preserve World Literature Today with […]

JSTOR Adds New Titles to Collections, Several Missing Issues Also Added

Here’s a direct link to a complete list of new/titles. Title lists can also be download (by collection) using the links found on this page. The updated is dated June 15, 2012. See Also: Project MUSE: At Least Seven New Publishers Coming to UPCC Book Collections in 2013 (June 14, 2012)

New Report: “EPUB for Archival Preservation”

New from the KB/National Library of the Netherlands Departments of Collection and Collection Care. Written by Johan van der Knijff. From the Introduction: Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications […]

Librarians Discuss Manuscript Preservation During Southeast Asian Library Conference

From The Jakarta Post: Librarians from all over ASEAN gathered in Bali to discuss ways to preserve and disseminate the precious heritage of ancient scripts during a congress that opened Tuesday. They raised concern about poor preservation efforts that could lead to the destruction of manuscripts in many countries, with some of the ancient documents […]

Digital Preservation: 480 New Volumes Added to LOCKSS Digital Library and Now Available to LOCKSS Alliance Members

Along with the 480 new volumes, material from 2 new publishers and 10 new titles are now included in LOCKSS. The digital library is now home to more than 9,000 e-journal titles from 510 publishers. You can learn more here and also review a spreadsheet (XLS) with a list of titles and participating publishers. A […]