Preservation Problems• Problem of superseded e-books• Problem of perpetual access to e-books• Lack of guidelines or standards about future access or storage formats• Consolidation of companies and its influence on content and user interfaces• Various e-book platforms• Limited funding
Forms of Preservation• Library’s local storage• Out-of-library storage initiatives
Light and Dark Archives• Light archive: In reference to data storage, an archive that can be accessed by many authorized users.• Dark archive: In reference to data storage, an archive that cannot be accessed by any users. Access to the data is either limited to a set few individuals or completely restricted to all.
LOCKSS Program• Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe• Applies the traditional purchase-and-own library model to electronic materials• Storage in ‘LOCKSS Box’• Decentralized, perpetual access to copy of publisher’s authorative material• www.lockss.org
LOCKSS Networks• The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) Private LOCKSS Network• The Alabama Digital Preservation Network (ADPNet)• The MetaArchive Cooperative
Preservation PredictionsIt is predicted that, in time, preservation ofelectronic items will follow that of the printones. Accordingly, there will be ways to lift orcounteract all limitations and problems.
Reasons for Using E-books:#1 – For finding relevant content#2 – For fact finding#3 – For extended reading
Pros of Using E-books:[+] They are accessible 24/7[+] They can be used by multiple users[+] Their sections can be printed out[+] Their contents can be searched[+] Out-of-print titles can be avaliable
Cons of Using E-books:[-] They are uncomfortable for extendedreading[-] They don’t feel ‘real’ to the patrons