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Of mice and memory : economically sustainable preservation for the twenty-first century

Author: Brian F Lavoie; Council on Library and Information Resources.
Edition/Format:   Downloadable article : Document   Computer File : English
Publication:Access in the future tense.
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From an economic perspective, many of the obstacles to preserving the scholarly and cultural record in the twenty-first century seem quite familiar. In the broadest sense, they can be distilled into the venerable economic problem of matching scarce means to competing ends. But the scale and scope of the current preservation challenge suggest the need to reexamine the mechanisms by which resources are channeled to  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Article, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian F Lavoie; Council on Library and Information Resources.
ISBN: 193232609X
OCLC Number: 55982726
Notes: Title from ebook title screen (viewed July 21, 2004).
Part of the CLIR publications & resources website.
Published by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
To frame the discussion for an invitational conference in May 2003, CLIR asked four experts to address key features of the changing landscape with focus on key factors shaping the information environment in which libraries operate and how these factors will affect stewardship of the cultural and intellectual resources vital to education and research. This paper is one of those four.
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Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Brian F. Lavoie.

Abstract:

From an economic perspective, many of the obstacles to preserving the scholarly and cultural record in the twenty-first century seem quite familiar. In the broadest sense, they can be distilled into the venerable economic problem of matching scarce means to competing ends. But the scale and scope of the current preservation challenge suggest the need to reexamine the mechanisms by which resources are channeled to preservation activities. Fundamental to the development of a new economic infrastructure for preservation is the recognition of an increasingly diverse set of decision makers associated with the preservation process; an understanding of the complex relationships that might arise between the need to preserve, the willingness to preserve, and the right to preserve; and a reevaluation of how to organize preservation resources to meet preservation objectives in economical ways. By engaging all stakeholders in the preservation process, ensuring that appropriate incentives to preserve emerge, and organizing preservation activities in ways that leverage resources and maximize efficiency, significant progress will be made toward preventing the twenty-first century equivalents of mice from eating around the edges of society's memory.

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