With the tremendous amount of digital information resources being used and created in libraries today, it's understandable that digital preservation has become the elephant in the room. Where can we turn for existing digital preservation models? What kind of obstacles can we anticipate as we think about developing institutional policy on digital preservation? What roles can collaboration play in digital preservation initiatives? These were some of the main issues addressed at The Metropolitan New York Library Council's first President's Forum moderated by James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. Lars Meyer (Emory University Libraries) kicked off the forum discussing preliminary findings of research he has been conducting as Visiting Program Officer at Association of Research Libraries -- which will be released in 2009 by ARL. June Besek (Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts) addressed some of the challenges presented by pending legislation (Section 108, Orphan Works Bill) and the recent Google Books settlement with publishers. Eileen Fenton (Portico) concluded the afternoon with a discussion of collaborative models for digital preservation initiatives; including cross-institutional initiatives (LOCKSS) and third-party projects like Portico.
The forum, spearheaded by METRO's Board President Heike Kordish, is designed to specifically address policies and decision-making surrounding major issues of institutional policy. The inaugural forum drew over 45 attendees from libraries throughout the region. The Forum also featured a collection of online resources for further reading on digital preservation concerns that can be accessed here.