Thursday, August 04, 2005

CILIP | What's happening to print? - Nigel Lees

CILIP | What's happening to print? - Nigel Lees: "
  • Are we all so happy with electronic archiving it is now safe to dump print equivalents?
  • Are collections of any use these days? What is the point of a collection? Can we collect "‘electronically"’ in the same way we do in print?
  • How can we justify storing little used but significant journals, such as Chemisches Zentralblatt and its predecessor titles or Russian-language chemistry journals?"
Lees nicely articulates the issues in the context of chemistry libraries in the UK. I've been wrestling with this too. If I digitize a book, do I still need to keep the print copy? Part of why I want to digitize is to control storage costs and to provide space for new acquisitions.

Lorcan Dempsey has talked recently about a collective library. I don't know what it would look like for theology libraries, but it is worth thinking about. The task of preserving content has to be a collaborative effort even though each library must assume its own responsibility.