The Harvard University Library (HUL) has been awarded $145,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to plan an archive for the long-term maintenance of electronic journals.
The grant reflects growing concern about the preservation of electronic scholarly journals. Without assurance that electronic journals will continue to be accessible over extended time frames, scholarly communities are hesitant to fully support the electronic medium for communication and publication. In the absence of an archiving solution, universities, libraries, and scholars face the dual costs of electronic subscriptions for current convenience and access, and paper subscriptions for archiving and long-term access. Moreover, any scholarly reports published solely in an electronic medium nowadays are in danger of being lost to future generations. The Mellon Foundation Electronic Journal Archiving Program is being administered in cooperation with the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Coalition of Networked Information and involves some of the leading research libraries in designing institution-based initiatives to implement large-scale archiving programs.
The grant will support the one-year planning effort at the Harvard University Library to explore the issues related to electronic journal archiving and develop a plan for a repository for electronic journal publications. The expected outcome is a proposal for implementing an archive for these journals. Major areas to be studied during the year include:
Two groups have been formed for this project. The Steering Committee will address policy and functional issues and the Technical Team will investigate technical issues and systems requirements.
Members of the Steering Committee are:
Members of the Technical Team are:
Six other major US research libraries received similar grants from the Mellon Foundation to carry out activities related to the archiving of electronic journals.
For more information about the grant activities at the Harvard University Library, contact Dale Flecker, Associate Director for Planning and Systems, at 5-3724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.