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By Charles F. Thomas

This name analyzes modern developments and instruments that have an effect on how details is created, kept, came upon and utilized in a innovative technological setting. It offers a framework for librarians to tailor their companies and assets, in-house services and organizational identities to supply a good and powerful group of studying for his or her evolving customers.

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Finally, if a publisher does take responsibility for long-term preservation, what happens in the event that the publisher ceases to trade? Undoubtedly, there is a need for organization at a national or even international level for digital preservation activities. The need for shared resources and policies is paramount. The technology on which libraries rely exists within an international market and transcends national boundaries. Rein- 26 Russell venting the wheel in digital preservation will prove costly and could result in isolated divergent activities.

POTENTIAL PITFALLS The ubiquitous World Wide Web has democratized scholarship to such an extent as to cause some consternation about the very nature of scholarship and the way it is communicated. Anyone with the proper equipment can join the conversation by posting a site online. A common concern within the scholarly community centers around the treatment of scholarly data—witness the way the news media sensationalize medical or scientific data, whether it be preliminary findings or not. For examples, one need only recall the media hype over the potential for life on Mars, or the announcements of medical cures that have not yet passed all phases of clinical trials.

A backup magnetic tape can sit on a shelf much like a book, but extra effort is required to make sure it remains accessible. This may include routine migration or software reengineering to allow for emulation. Such activities currently are not covered by permissions to make a backup copy, since they arguably alter the original in significant ways. RESPONSIBILITY ISSUES Despite a lack of experience in preserving digital materials, libraries can be sure of one thing: solving this problem will be expensive.

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