Dec 18, 2016
You Can't Preserve What You Don't Have - Or Can You? Libraries as Infrastructure for Perpetual Access to Intellectual Output
Since their existence, libraries have been responsible for
preserving society's records and intellectual output. This ancient
and important role is under serious threat in the digital age. Even
for scholarly journals, the issue of perpetual access has not been
solved, other than by libraries buying access to archival
materials. Recently, it became clear that the open access business
model, with a focus on free access to new publications, introduces
new problems for the archival role of libraries.
So if ownership is crucial for preservation, who will ensure future generations have access to scholarly journal content of past times? Who are the actors in this new environment and what opportunities can be identified to address this important issue?