METRO’s First President’s Forum a Success
In November, METRO held its first-ever President’s Forum addressing the theme of Digital Preservation: Policy, Strategies, and Sustainability. The event focused on the institutional challenges and opportunities associated with the preservation of digital information resources.
Held in a space generously donated by Columbia University, the forum brought together more than 50 directors of METRO’s member libraries for a vibrant interchange about the current and future status of digital preservation initiatives, policy issues pertaining to digital preservation, and the potential for collaborative efforts in these areas.
Welcoming remarks by Board of Trustees President Heike Kordish and an introduction by James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, were followed by presentations on “Preservation Trends and Strategies,” “Legal Obstacles and Policy Objectives for Digital Preservation Initiatives,” and “Collaborative Approaches to Preserving Electronic Resources.” The featured speakers were Lars Meyer (Senior Director, Content Division, Emory University Libraries), June Besek (Executive Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts, Columbia University Law School), and Eileen Fenton (Executive Director, Portico).
The event speakers have compiled a brief list of resources on digital preservation issues and initiatives. Links to these resources—as well as slides and other materials from the President’s Forum presentations—can be found on METRO’s website.