Webinar: Perpetual Access, Myth and Reality

(10 February 2016) Last month’s perpetual access webinar from CRL can be listened to here.

Electronic publishing has changed the collection development paradigm from acquisition to licensing. Unlike printed books and journals, digital content is more often rented than acquired. Also, at this point in the age of digital technologies, electronic publications can be short-lived or unstable; shelving and storage facilities for books are well evolved, while our understanding of digital preservation infrastructures is in the earliest stages. These factors pose new challenges to research libraries in ensuring long-term access to scholarly materials. Publishers and preservation services are beginning to address these challenges in different ways.

In this webinar, three thought leaders offer their perspectives on publisher efforts to date, and on how effective those efforts are likely to be in meeting the needs of libraries and scholars.

The academic perspective:  James J. O’Donnell, University Librarian, Arizona State University Libraries, and Chair of the Board of Directors, American Council of Learned Societies
The publisher and service-provider perspective:  Kevin M. Guthrie, President, ITHAKA, and JSTOR founding director.
The library perspective:  Ivy Anderson, Interim Executive Director, California Digital Library