Preservation of digital information

Association of Research Libraries proceedings of the 131st meeting : Washington, D.C., October 15-17, 1997 by Association of Research Libraries. Meeting

Published by Association of Research Libraries in Washington, D.C .
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  • Digital preservation -- Congresses.,
  • Computer files -- Conservation and restoration -- Congresses.,
  • Library science -- Congresses.,
  • Research libraries -- United States -- Congresses.

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesPreservation of digital information., Association of Research Libraries proceedings of the 131st meeting
    StatementGloria Werner, presiding.
    ContributionsWerner, Gloria., Barrett, Jaia., Wetzel, Karen A.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination196 p. :
    Number of Pages196
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL22415831M

    The Importance of Digital Preservation in Research Libraries

    As the digital age continues to advance, the preservation of digital information has become a crucial task for research libraries. With the exponential growth of digital content, it is essential to ensure that valuable information is not lost to technological obsolescence or data corruption. The Association of Research Libraries recognizes this importance and has conducted several meetings to discuss and address the challenges of preserving digital information.

    The Association of Research Libraries Proceedings of the 131st Meeting

    The Association of Research Libraries held its 131st meeting, titled "Preservation of digital information," in Washington, D.C., from October 15-17, 1997. This meeting brought together experts in the field of library science and digital preservation to explore strategies, solutions, and best practices for safeguarding digital content.

    The proceedings of this meeting cover a wide range of topics related to digital preservation, including:

    • Digital preservation methodologies
    • Conservation and restoration of computer files
    • The role of research libraries in digital preservation
    • The specific challenges faced by research libraries in the United States

    The Significance of Digital Preservation

    Digital preservation is of utmost importance to research libraries, as it ensures the longevity and accessibility of valuable academic resources. By preserving digital information, research libraries can continue to serve their users by providing access to scholarly materials.

    One of the key challenges in digital preservation is the rapid evolution of technology. Software, hardware, and file formats become obsolete over time, making it difficult to access and read digital content created in earlier years. The Association of Research Libraries meeting addressed these challenges, discussing strategies for migrating digital content to newer platforms and formats to ensure ongoing accessibility.

    Another critical aspect of digital preservation is the prevention of data corruption and loss. Research libraries can employ various techniques such as data backups, checksums, and regular monitoring to identify and mitigate the risks associated with data deterioration.

    Preserving Digital Information for Free Access

    In the age of the internet, free access to information has become a fundamental principle. The Association of Research Libraries recognizes the importance of providing digital content for free download and online reading. This ethos aligns with the mission of research libraries to promote knowledge sharing and support academic communities.

    Research libraries often make digital information available in various formats such as PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and TXT to cater to the diverse needs of their users. Users can download these formats for free, read them online, or access them on compatible devices. The Association of Research Libraries meeting discussed the best practices for offering free access to digital content while ensuring its long-term preservation.


    The Association of Research Libraries plays a vital role in advancing the preservation of digital information. Through meetings such as the 131st meeting held in 1997, experts in the field come together to discuss challenges, strategies, and best practices for digital preservation. By prioritizing the preservation of digital content, research libraries ensure the longevity and accessibility of valuable academic resources for the benefit of the academic community and society as a whole.