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Title:Illinois Digital Scholarship: Preserving and Accessing the Digital Past, Present, and Future
Author(s):Grady, Michael; Mischo, William H.; Sandore, Beth
Subject(s):Institutional repositories
Abstract:Since the University's establishment in 1867, its scholarly output has been issued primarily in print, and the University Library and Archives have been readily able to collect, preserve, and to provide access to that output. Today, technological, economic, political and social forces are buffeting all means of scholarly communication. Scholars, academic institutions and publishers are engaged in debate about the impact of digital scholarship and open access publishing on the promotion and tenure process. The upsurge in digital scholarship affects many aspects of the academic enterprise, including how we record, evaluate, preserve, organize and disseminate scholarly work. The result has left the Library with no ready means by which to archive digitally produced publications, reports, presentations, and learning objects, much of which cannot be adequately represented in print form. In this incredibly fluid environment of digital scholarship, the critical question of how we will collect, preserve, and manage access to this important part of the University scholarly record demands a rational and forward-looking plan - one that includes perspectives from diverse scholarly disciplines, incorporates significant research breakthroughs in information science and computer science, and makes effective projections for future integration within the Library and computing services as a part of the campus infrastructure.
Issue Date:2004-04-07
Genre:Working / Discussion Paper
Sponsor:Prepared jointly by the University of Illinois Library and CITES at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date Available in IDEALS:2005-09-21

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