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ARL Endorses Call for Action to Preserve E-Journals

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October 31, 2005

For Immediate Release

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Karla Hahn
Association of Research Libraries
Phone: 202-296-2296
E-mail: karla@arl.org

Washington, DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has endorsed the statement "Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals." The endorsement reflects ARL's recognition that now is a crucial time for the library community to act in support of initiatives that will ensure enduring access to scholarly e-journals. The statement arose out of a recent meeting of library leaders hosted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and articulates four actions needed to support the development of qualified preservation archives for scholarly e-journals. ARL's Scholarly Communication Steering Committee will be developing objectives and action items stemming from the statement's recommendations.

"Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals" is available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ejournalpreservation_final.pdf. Endorsement occurred during the ARL Membership Meeting held October 26–27, 2005.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is located on the Web at http://www.arl.org/.