64  ·  Survey Results:  Survey Questions and Responses
The UMass Amherst Libraries Collection Development Policy (see Appendix A), and more specifically, the document
Collecting, Digitizing and Storing Digital Content Criteria (see Appendix B) defines the priorities and criteria for acquiring
digital content for long-term digital preservation. Materials should also conform to the UMass Amherst Libraries
Guidelines for Digitization.
This is as yet undecided.
Under development (2 responses).
Unique and endangered.
Unique, relevant to the teaching and research mission of the university, open standards if possible, enough information
available to adequately describe.
Uniqueness and significance of the material; scale of investment in the material.
Uniqueness, condition, user needs.
University Archives and Special Collections content will be selected according to their respective collection development
policies. A Special Collections digital preservation policy to supplement these policies and prioritize digitization and
digital preservation work is in development. Similar policies for locally preserved digital content will be developed by
other library departments, where necessary (e.g., the Map Library) and will be coordinated through the overall library
preservation policy and strategy.
University scholarship, library digitized materials not preserved through other sources (HathiTrust, etc.)
Up to now we preserve a wide variety of formats in our repository. This includes images, text, newspapers with ALTO,
audio, video, etc. Files are generated by staff and meet generally accepted standard file types and configuration.
Users requests and deteriorating items.
Value of materials; do we have it in print or is it born digital; is there an official obligation to preserve content (e.g.,
We preserve all results of local cultural heritage and mass digitization programs. Whether and how we can preserve
websites, born-digital archival content, data sets depends on funding available. In each of these areas, collection
policies are being developed to guide selection.
We will preserve all files created by our own digitization operation and will attempt to put workflows into place to
preserve born-digital electronic records from our special collections.
Will focus on material that falls out of scope of other resources we currently have available, i.e., Hathi, LOCKSS,
ArchiveIt, Portico, etc.
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