Category Archives: Preservation

Proquest Acquires ebrary

January 6, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – As its content-unifying new search platform rolls out to libraries around the world, ProQuest has acquired acclaimed e-book pioneer ebrary, setting the stage for significant acceleration of the process of serious research.  The agreement will marry both companies’ inventive, user-centric technologies and add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest’s monumental content offerings.  The combined collection will enable users to search seamlessly across multiple formats – books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, video, and more – and across eight centuries of the world’s knowledge. Continue reading

eBook Preservation – An Interview with Toni Tracy of Portico

Yesterday I discussed eBook preservation with Toni Tracy, Director of Portico.  Toni discussed Portico’s eBook preservation program in detail and suggested ways to involve publishers, libraries, and aggregators in the preservation solution.  More information on the importance of preservation is available on the Portico site.

25+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page. Have a listen!

Are you weeding eBooks from your collection?

I picked up this post about weeding eBooks from a colleague who monitors collib-l.  I asked the originator, Gary Daught, if I could post it here as well.  Please feel free to respond as Gary (and I) would love to hear your feedback.  If you prefer to email, Gary is at GFDaught@milligan.edu.

Greetings. We now have well over 70,000 e-books in our holdings—a figure quickly approaching 50% of our entire book collection. A majority of these titles were purchased through our consortium as NetLibrary or other vendor collections.

This summer we began an earnest and long-overdue weeding of our print collection. We weed not only to recover/reduce shelf space but also to remove items that are dated, out-of-scope, or lacking in other desired academic qualities. It’s a lot of work as you well know. This second reason to weed got me thinking about our e-books. We don’t have to worry about shelf space with e-books. However, I can imagine that there are titles among our e-books that should also be weeded. Yes, it’s simple enough to suppress an item record from the OPAC. But how are we going to work through +70,000 titles?! Continue reading

Charleston Conference – eBook Archiving

Yesterday, I joined a panel of publishers, aggregators, and archiving agencies to discuss the issue of eBook archiving.  I had to set the stage for libraries, which was quite easy – we are in fear of losing our content to which we no longer have control of since it is housed on someone else’s server in another part of the country/world.  How do we guarantee that the content we purchased will remain accessible to us and our end users? We need to work on a solution….and fast.

Rebecca Seger from Oxford University Press presented the publishers perspective, highlighting things OUP has done, and challenges facing publishers.

  • OUP has journals archiving in place with portico, CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS.  OUP’s first trigger event happened in 2009.  Their policy is publicly available on the OUP site.
  • Ebook archiving at OUP is done via publisher archiving and a dark archive.  They keep a repository in PDF format.  But, OUP cannot archive the proprietary versions created by the aggregator partners like ebrary, EBL, Ingram, EBSCO.
  • OUP feels the obligation to preserve the Oxford Scholarship Online version for library customers.  They also offer the option of providing XML data to purchaser for local archiving (as she described was being done at OhioLINK.)
  • Some challenges:  Archiving options are limited for ebooks as not everything available for journals is available for ebooks, yet.  Additionally, defining the trigger events has proven to be much more difficult. Continue reading

Portico Introduces New eBook Preservation Services

From a Portico Press Release:  In response to both the library community’s evolving preservation needs and the growth in publisher participation, Portico will offer separate e-book and e-journal preservation services beginning on January 1, 2011. These distinct services will enable libraries to choose where to invest their preservation resources based on their collections, needs and budgets. Existing Portico participants will be offered the choice of e-journal, e-book, or both services at the renewal of their current agreements.

Portico’s new E-Book Preservation Service, which to date covers nearly 66,000 committed titles, mirrors Portico’s current model already in place as part of its e-journal preservation service. Access to archived content is provided when specific conditions or “trigger events” occur which cause titles to no longer be available from the publisher or any other source. Trigger events include: cessation of a publisher’s operations; discontinuation of a title by the publisher; back list titles no longer offered by a publisher; or catastrophic and sustained failure of a publisher’s delivery platform. When e-book titles have “triggered,” they are available to all participants in the Portico E-Book Preservation Service, regardless of whether the participating institution has previously licensed the content. Continue reading

New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction for your review and consideration.  It is below.  Of course, it will be available in a variety of eBook formats, and print too. Continue reading

Mad World of eBooks, part two – ALA discussion

For the introductory material on the session, please see part one of this blog post.

Second group – Lenny Allen, OUP, Erin Igoe, Cambridge UP, Tony Horava, OCUL, Joy Kirchner, COPPUL

  • Lenny – budget and workflow are concerns, always looking a year in advance.
  • Erin – CBO general ebook platform focused on perpetual access of titles; forthcoming developments – digital collections from Cambridge Libary, New Cambridge history of Islam; discussing the best use of delivering print materials in a digital format that will be most useful, relevant and user friendly.  Always looking at discoverability and functionality, they really want to be at the simultaneous release of p and e, it’s the workflow issue that is holding things up.  Lots of opportunities for ILL, PDA, metadata (better and more consistent fashion), use reports. Suggests that librarians keep pushing the envelope with publishers. Continue reading

Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Received this information from an OCLC Press Release:

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation”
April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private, and public sectors to discuss one of the most pressing issues of the Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of digital data.

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Gale and Portico collaborate to preserve historical collections

From a Gale Press Release:

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 1, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, announced today an agreement in which Portico will digitally preserve archival versions of a number of the Gale Digital Collections.
“We chose to work with Portico because they are a trusted, reliable archive,” said Frank Menchaca, Gale’s executive vice president for publishing.  “In the unlikely situation that Gale and the scholarly community will need their services, the agreement with Portico puts into place the preservation of a number of the Gale Digital Collections, creating a secure, permanent back-up.”
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New Audio Interview with Heather Staines from Springer

Heather Staines, Global eProduct Manager for SpringerLink, Springer Science + Business Media, and I had a nice conversation about Springer’s eBook preservation strategy.  The conversation was based on Heather’s article in Against the Grain, February 2009.  Heather discusses Portico, LOCKSS, and general eBook preservation issues.   Listen to Heather’s interview and many others through the NSR interviews page.