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The Preservation Function in Research Libraries, Webcast, September 15, 2009

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Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) hosted a webcast on “Preservation: Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries” on September 15, 2009, from 1:00–2:00 PM EDT.

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Grounded in the recently released report by Lars Meyer, “Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries,” the webcast offered a brief overview of Meyer’s key findings about how research libraries are working to ensure ongoing access to collections in all formats.

In addition, the webcast showcased comments from two reactors to the report: James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University Libraries, offered his perspectives on community level preservation challenges; and Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University Libraries, discussed aligning preservation activities with institutional and inter-institutional concerns. Participants had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions at the end of the session.

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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 diverse 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 on the Web at