RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 55982726 LA English UL http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub126/lavoie.html T1 Of mice and memory economically sustainable preservation for the twenty-first century A1 Lavoie, Brian F., Council on Library and Information Resources., YR 2004 SN 193232609X AB 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.