January 17, 2022

A New SPEC Kit from ARL: "Digital Preservation"

The complete kit is fee-based (ordering info).

An executive summary and the table of contents are available online for free.

From a SPEC Kit #325  Summary:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Digital Preservation, SPEC Kit 325, which explores the strategies that ARL member institutions use to protect evolving research collections and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders. The survey asked ARL libraries about their digital content, their strategies for preserving that content, and the staff, time, and funding they currently devote to digital preservation. It also asked each responding library to compare its digital preservation activities of three years ago to current activities and project three years into the future. In addition, to better understand the roles of research libraries in the emergent field of digital curation, the survey sought to identify issues that are and are not being addressed through current practices and policies.

This survey revealed, as the digital preservation field is maturing, that most ARL libraries are rising to the challenge of establishing policies, workflows, and infrastructures to systematically preserve their rapidly expanding bodies of digital content. The survey also revealed that most ARL libraries are actively engaging in in-house digital preservation rather than outsourcing it to external parties, thus maintaining their control and ownership over the digital content that they curate.

This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describes policies, procedures, and guidelines for digital preservation, cooperative agreements, job descriptions, and data management services.

Direct to Executive Summary and Table of Contents (14 pages; PDF; Free)

SPEC Kit 325: Digital Preservation
October 2011


+ Gail McMillan
Director of Digital Library and Archives Virginia Tech

+ Matt Schultz
Collaborative Services Librarian Educopia Institute

+ Katherine Skinner
Executive Director, Educopia Institute Program Manager, MetaArchive Cooperative

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.