SPEC Kit 325: Digital Preservation · 35
Unpublished video and audio, electronic personal papers in special collections, digital faculty research content, unique
We are creating digital surrogates of many media types, such as ﬁlm, video, and audio recordings, which may or
may not be digital per se, but those surrogates then require digital preservation. In addition, we do not currently, but
are planning to try to address, preservation of data sets in the sciences and social sciences (though this may entail
engagement of a third party, i.e., ISPCR). Since creating the Digital Library Services unit, we have generated extensive
digital content. Much of this is in XML, which in itself is a preservation format but also requires digital preservation in a
system. We have a backlog of images, created in or for Special Collections needing digital preservation.
We are currently preserving digitized and born-digital archival collections of note but are interested in preserving
research data sets as well as archival collections of note on formats that we have not yet begun to preserve en masse
(such as moving image materials).
We would like to become more knowledgeable of digital preservation as it relates to audio and video materials, as well
as born-digital electronic records.
We have a growing body of born-digital and to-be-digitized resources that will need to be incorporated into our
developing preservation strategies.
Please briefly describe up to three barriers that are limiting your library from investing more for
the preservation of this content. N=43
A lack of a digital preservation strategy and policies. Baseline funding for digital preservation. Staff.
Availability of objects that ﬁt these ﬁelds. Training and development staff. Software development timelines.
Budget constraints are the primary impediment to additional investment in digital preservation.
Budget reductions of the last two years; stafﬁng.
Budget, lack of readily available community standards and practices, and other projects taking priority.
Budget, staff, and space.
Challenges of unsolved problems with preservation of research data and migrating from grant funded projects to base
Competing budget demands; still investigating best approaches.
Complete development of an overarching campus plan.
Conversion of the materials has not yet taken place. The library does not currently have in-house expertise or hardware/
software capable of managing the conversion process. Still image digitization and some text digitization has a higher
priority based on a variety of factors such as preservation, collection strength, sources of funding.
Copyright issues. Publisher cooperation. Cost. Donor reluctance (for special collections).
Costs to establish new systems, stafﬁng shortages, and inability to hire additional staff.