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Re: Libraries and archiving

> I think the question is leadership in formating
> and storage.  Publisher produced solutions run the risk of the VHS/Beta
> shake-out.  

John makes an excellent point here.  The marketplace is driven by
efficiency and profit, not by library mission statements.  That's not a
bad thing in itself, but it does suggest that librarians would be wise to
take a leadership role in the development of durable archiving standards
for electronic formats.  If we act quickly, hopefully we can shape the
development of those standards while they're still malleable.

Rick Anderson
Head Acquisitions Librarian
Jackson Library
UNC Greensboro
1000 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27402-6175
PH (336) 334-5281
FX (336) 334-5399

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