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Exploring Perpetual Access AND Where do we keep that? The new Keepers Registry and the digital content in your collection

  • May 20, 2020 8:10 PM
    Message # 8983135
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recorded Sessions (Combined Discussion)

    Exploring Perpetual - Michelle Polchow

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    This session ponders what ‘forever’ access to licensed resources means, both as intellectual property and technological access. New initiatives such as Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) and Occam’s reader are potential tools that work for the public good. While new initiatives can be exciting, the promise of perpetual access can be difficult to fulfill. Specific examples of how libraries and publishers have met, or failed to meet, license terms regarding perpetual access will be presented. How to best provide perpetual access to items outside of license agreements, such as Open Access journals and OER will also be broached. We will examine how practical, economic, and culturally responsive library initiatives fit within the constraints and opportunities allowed under licensing, copyright, and staffing levels. Participants will be invited to consider whether perpetual access is a goal that is necessary, merely encouraged, or something else entirely.


    Where do we keep that? - Willa Tavernier and Ted Westervelt

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    The Keepers Registry is an international registry of e-serial content preserved by archiving institutions and organizations. Recently, it has moved its home to the ISSN International Centre. This move highlights both the challenges of maintaining common services and the benefits of allying them with complementary services. The Keepers Registry had previously been hosted by Edina at the University of Edinburgh and funded by JISC. Once JISC decided to refocus and allocate its money elsewhere, there was little time to find and fund a new home for the Keepers Registry. The scramble over the past six months illustrates the need to ensure hosting and funding not merely for content, but for the services we all use to help us do our work in building collections and managing the content within them. Luckily, the ISSN International Centre was not merely interested in serving as the home for the Keepers Registry, but showed how the Keepers Registry is a natural complement to the other services provided by the ISSN IC. We shall show how the Keepers Registry and some of the other services offered by the ISSN IC can be used to great benefit by libraries, publishers and all those invested in scholarly communication. It will provide a look into what digital preservation means in a practical sense and what that means in terms of a commitment by individual institutions and through collective action.


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  • June 17, 2020 10:00 AM
    Reply # 9042751 on 8983135
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I just finished viewing "Where do we keep that?" and it inspired me: doing the legwork for a preservation audit of our journal collection is a fabulous pandemic-project for a couple of folks in my department! I'm curious if you know of any tools that have been created to support these sorts of audits: i.e., if I had a text file of ISSNs/holdings data could I bulk-check Keepers Registry holdings against it?  Has anyone written anything like that? 

    I'll plan on viewing Exploring Perpetual Access tomorrow (June 18)--thanks for presenting!

  • June 22, 2020 1:43 PM
    Reply # 9052476 on 9042751
    Ted Westervelt
    Anonymous wrote:

    I just finished viewing "Where do we keep that?" and it inspired me: doing the legwork for a preservation audit of our journal collection is a fabulous pandemic-project for a couple of folks in my department! I'm curious if you know of any tools that have been created to support these sorts of audits: i.e., if I had a text file of ISSNs/holdings data could I bulk-check Keepers Registry holdings against it?  Has anyone written anything like that? 

    I'll plan on viewing Exploring Perpetual Access tomorrow (June 18)--thanks for presenting!

    Glad you enjoyed!  Users can upload a text file with ISSNs; by using the filters on the left of the results page, you can see how many of the titles are in the Keepers Registry.  If you want to see the extent of the holdings, you would need to look at each title; I am unaware of any way to download batches of holdings data as yet

    We'll be available to answer chat questions in real time this Friday at 10:00 EDT, if you are interested


  • June 26, 2020 10:09 AM
    Reply # 9062077 on 8983135
    Michelle Polchow, Willa Tavernier & Ted Westervelt

    The presenters and others from the Digital Preservation Committee are available to answer your questions in real time chat starting now and for the next two hours

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