62  ·  Survey Results:  Survey Questions and Responses
31. Please briefly describe the criteria your library uses (plans to use) to select digital content for local
preservation. N=47
Any content created locally within the library that is judged to be a potential scholarly resource will be preserved. This
will include images scanned from Special Collections, XML created in Digital Library Services, etc. This would exclude
library business records. Finer distinctions will be made as we approach implementation.
Collection priorities.
Criteria vary, as does the preservation actions that accompany the decision.
Digitization: Anticipated interest level, fragility of originals, and availability of resources. Born-digital: Uniqueness,
perceived value to the collection, technical feasibility, and availability of resources.
Existing criteria for accepting community materials in Archives. Existing criteria for nominating collections for digitization
based on curator or faculty interest. Current and emerging archiving needs of researchers contributing gray material
(reports, presentations), published articles, dissertations and other works, and researchers preserving digital research
Faculty needs, risk and consequence of loss, contractual obligations (e.g., grant funding requirements), and cost-
effectiveness/feasibility of non-local options are among the factors considered to prioritize selection of digital content
for local preservation. Local storage capacity and needs for processing before ingest are also practical factors that affect
Faculty research data as required by funding agencies. Vendor-generated content that we purchase (e.g., data sets,
Archivision, Saskia products) or receive in compensation for participating in projects. Digital collections or products the
library creates for scholarly or research use. Content that we license, and for which we have permission to archive (e.g.,
LOCKSS). Digital information we collect as part of our archival responsibilities to the university. Digital materials we
acquire as part of a gift, typically to RBMSCL.
If a collection of materials has been selected for digitization, we plan to commit to its preservation.
If the library created it or purchased it.
Institute priorities.
It will depend on the type of asset or institutional context.
Lack of shared/collaborative services to support preservation; rareness/uniqueness of materials; alignment of materials
with collection development policies.
Library collection development policies determine what we collect and therefore what we preserve. For faculty-authored
research collections, the collection owner determines what is worth preserving.
Locally produced scholarship.
NLM Collection Development Manual. NLM’s Digital Projects Selection Policy.
Not yet developed.
Our unique local collections have priority, however, we also include as much other material as we can.
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