38 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
As our digital collections grow, we are spending more time ensuring that we have the appropriate infrastructure to be
the basis for a full digital preservation service.
As we have gained expertise and as our world has become even more digital, this has become a higher priority and
more staff and time have been devoted to efforts.
Digital preservation is a key part of our digital production operation, which has added new staff in recent years as the
demand for a more robust digital conversion service within the library has increased.
Five specialized staff added with data management responsibilities and funds reallocated for additional storage.
Increased reliance on digital resources has made this imperative.
Investing more time and thinking about it more than we currently are able to do.
It’s a larger university priority.
More staff and funds are available this year because of Sloan grant to create content for the Medical Heritage Library
(MHL) project which will also be preserved in NLM’s Digital Collections repository.
New staff hired with digital preservation experience.
No funding or positions are dedicated exclusively or primarily to digital preservation, however, the number of people and
the proportion of their time devoted to digital preservation is growing.
No new dedicated staff, but getting more attention across the board.
Our efforts are in their early stages. As they’ve matured, they have required more resources.
Our investments in all of these areas has increased as we have focused more attention on developing and implementing
a robust digital repository and the policies needed to sustain it.
Slowly shifting staff, money, and time from print-based demands to more digital, including digital preservation. The shift
Special Collections has contract staff with expertise in this area and co-op students assisting with digitization projects.
The library has also invested in a one-year web archiving pilot project, using the Archive-It subscription service. The Map
Library has carried a major digitization project of historical aerial photographs over the past three years.
Staff and time: Increasing volume of digital content. Funding: Current economic environment.
Staff are diverting time from digitization program toward digital preservation; incremental additions are being made to
funding for preservation-oriented digitization projects.
The department has grown from 4 to 7.
The Digital Archivist was hired three years ago so staff and time devoted to the topic of digital preservation has
increased since his hiring.
The funding for digital preservation is less due to the end of our NDIIPP grant.
The internal processing work has been further automated and enhanced so that less staff time is required to keep pace
with the need. However, the storage space continues to grow and that increases costs, especially given that existing
materials of course remain.
The major increase has occurred because of a large NSF award.