Q: Jim, why do we not have a central mandate for preservation
and conservation? Who is responsible? Isn’t it ARL?
Jim Neal: ARL in my view, as part of its current strategic plan, largely set aside a
programmatic priority for preservation. There are initiatives that have explored
areas of interest, like in e-science and the current report that Lars prepared. And
when preservation touches information policy and scholarly communication,
ARL has been very active. A new strategic focus on Transforming the Research
Library may allow for more of a programmatic focus on preservation, but ARL
has generally avoided operational roles.
To cite this article: “Evolving Preservation Roles and Responsibilities of
Research Libraries.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI,
and SPARC, no. 266 (October 2009): 7–12.
Evolving Preservation Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries
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OCTOBER 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC