80 · Representative Documents: Policies, Procedures, Guidelines
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DI HOME DIGITAL PRESERVATION MORE DIGITAL SERVICES
Metadata Standards and
Digital Initiatives Technology
Bibliographer and Digital Content
Coordinator, Peel's Prairie
Metadata and Cataloguing
Digital Initiatives Coordinator
Data Library Coordinator
Collections and Acquisitions
Digital Repository Services
Has the Library been modernized?
Have you thrown out the old tapes
and computerizations? And always
he imagined the answer from dusty
and ancient librarians, 'As it has
been, Professor, so is it
Isaac Asimov, Foundation's edge. (New York : Bantam, 1991, c1982), pp. 45-46.
University of Alberta Libraries has a strong commitment to the preservation of both analog and digital
collections. As a major North American research library, we are advancing a number of digital preservation
initiatives to ensure that our shared digital resources and collections are preserved for future generations of
scholars, students, researchers and the general public.
We are seeking to create a Trusted Digital Repository
within what we hope will be a trusted network of
repositories across Canada.
INITIATIVES AND PARTNERSHIPS
1. The Ebling Mis Initiative and the Sun Centre of
UAL is actively developing and implementing a
scalable Trusted (Trustworthy) Digital Repository
for the preservation of digital resources of various
types. ERA (Educational Research Archive),
digitized collections, audiovisual collections, data,
purchased eBooks, and other materials are ingested (deposited) and safeguarded within this
controlled environment so that they will continue to be accessible for generations of learners to
come. For more information on some of the technology, metadata standards, and policies being
employed in the preservation environment. Chief Librarian Ernie Ingles has dubbed this program
The Ebling Mis Initiative, as borrowed from Asimov's novel Foundation's Edge.
The Library was outmoded and archaic - it had been so even in
Ebling Mis's time - but that was all to the good. Pelorat always
rubbed his hands with excitement when he thought of an old and
outmoded Library. The older and the more outmoded, the more
likely it was to have what he needed. In his dreams, he would enter
the Library and ask in breathless alarm, "Has the Library been
modernized? Have you thrown out the old tapes and
computerizations?" And always he imagined the answer from dusty
and ancient librarians, "As it has been, Professor, so is it still."
Isaac Asimov, Foundation's edge. (New York : Bantam, 1991, c1982), pp.
UAL is certainly not outmoded and archaic, but as Pelorat dreamed, it will do all that it must do
to ensure the survivability of digital materials for generations to come
2. Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group
The library is one of the original members of the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest
Group (Sun PA-SIG). The PA-SIG group is concerned with advancing best practices and practical
implementation of the technologies supporting digital preservation.
The University of Alberta Libraries is a member of the worldwide LOCKSS Alliance and we actively
preserve content from publishers that participate in this initiative.
4. COPPUL PLN
UAL is a founding member of the COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network (PLN). The PLN is a pilot
program that utilizes the LOCKSS digital preservation system as a means to archive collections of
local interest to members of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) that
are not being preserved through any other means. Digital materials such as small university press
publications, open access journals, born digital government publications, and other electronic
journal collections that are at risk of being lost will be preserved as part of the program. This is
the only LOCKSS PLN in Canada.