Advances in Librarianship, Volume 27 (Advances in by Frederick Lynden

By Frederick Lynden

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Toward that end, OCLC has launched and will continue to sponsor the Outreach Services to serve a growing membership of diverse organizations and individuals who are part of the OCLC Cooperative and setting the stage for the exploration of new directions and opportunities in digital preservation. OCLC takes as a profound responsibility the need that libraries and other organizations have to preserve cultural memory over the long term. It is imperative that it demonstrates not only its technical ability to provide a sustainable approach to long-term digital preservation, but also its commitment to do so with and for the community.

Without data security, preservation is compromised. However, with the powerful flexibility of digital formats comes the ability to alter the original with ease and without detection. OCLC is considering how to cost-effectively implement an authentication mechanism and is presently in discussions to license and adapt third-party authentication software to our community’s requirements. Preservation metadata for the Digital Archive. Characteristics of objects and user groups are major factors in metadata decisions and in the tools created to support the metadata-creation process.

Now, in the 21st century, OCLC is introducing tools, services and infrastructure to manage the life cycle of digital content in libraries. This chapter will describe how current developments at OCLC build upon the first generation digital library, when the OCLC cooperative learned to build and sustain a nonprofit, membership model for bibliographic information that was then unique. OCLC became the steward for this content and developed the infrastructure and processes to maintain and preserve the membership asset—WorldCat, an online bibliographic database—to ensure its viability and functionality.

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