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  • Amos J Wright
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      Subject: Great news from Auburn University Libraries

      Auburn University Libraries to Participate in $1.4 Million Project to
      A Digital Archive of Southern History and Culture


      Beth Nicol
      (334) 844-1731

      Aaron Trehub
      (334) 844-1716

      AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Oct. 2, 2004 -The Auburn University Libraries will
      participate as a preservation site as part of a three-year, $1.4 million
      effort supported by the Library of Congress and a cooperative of six
      research libraries to create a MetaArchive of Southern Digital Culture,
      according to an announcement made today by the Library of Congress at
      the Symposium on Open Access and Digital Preservation, held at Emory

      The project, headed by Emory University, will be dedicated to preserving
      vital at-risk digital content of Southern culture and history. Auburn
      University, Emory University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech,
      the University of Louisville, and Virginia Tech comprise the

      "Auburn is one of a group of six universities that have agreed to
      identify digital collections in need of preservation and develop the
      software and the procedures needed to preserve them in perpetuity. By
      participating in this effort, under the auspices of the Library of
      Congress' National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation
      Program, Auburn is taking a leading role in establishing standards and
      best practices for the storage and preservation of our digital cultural
      heritage-an increasingly urgent task," said Beth Nicol, digital projects
      coordinator at Auburn University Libraries and one of the cooperative
      project's co-principal investigators.

      Aaron Trehub, Director of Library Technology at Auburn University
      Libraries, said that the project "plays to Auburn's strengths. We've
      already embarked on a number of ambitious projects aimed at digitizing
      materials on various aspects of Alabama's history and culture and making
      them freely available via the Web to people in Alabama and around the
      world." In particular, Trehub mentioned the AlabamaMosaic Web site and
      the Auburn-based Encyclopedia of Alabama. "So we have plenty of
      high-value content to contribute, and this project will ensure that it
      is there for people to use in decades to come," he concluded.

      Sherida Downer, Interim Dean of Auburn University Libraries, said that
      "this is a tremendous opportunity both for the libraries involved in the
      project and the library community nationwide. Preservation of digital
      collections has become an important issue among libraries and museums as
      more of the precious historical collections are digitized. We appreciate
      the role the Library of Congress has played in funding this partnership
      and understanding the need for establishing best practices. As this
      project progresses we will be able to provide the library community with
      support and information on how to proceed with practices which will
      ensure preservation of their digital materials."

      During the three years the project is under way, the partner
      institutions will develop a prioritized summary of at-risk digital
      content on Southern history and culture, pull together the most critical
      content to be preserved, develop a cooperative agreement for ongoing
      collaboration, and form a distributed preservation network
      infrastructure based on LOCKSS software. LOCKSS, which stands for "Lots
      of Copies Keep Stuff Safe", was developed at Stanford University. The
      software creates low-cost, persistent digital "caches" of authoritative
      versions of content delivered over the Web. It enables institutions to
      locally collect, store, preserve, and archive authorized content, thus
      safeguarding their community's access to that content.

      The Auburn University Libraries have been involved in the creation of
      digital content since 2000. For more information on the Libraries and
      their digital collections, see http://diglib.auburn.edu/.

      The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Through its
      National Digital Library (NDL) Program, it is also one of the leading
      providers of noncommercial intellectual content on the Internet
      (http://www.loc.gov). The NDL Program's flagship American Memory
      project, in collaboration with other institutions nationwide, makes
      freely available more than 9 million American historical items. In
      December 2000, Congress authorized the Library of Congress to develop
      and execute a congressionally approved plan for a National Digital
      Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. A $99.8 million
      congressional appropriation was made to establish the program. The goal
      is to build a network throughout the country of committed partners
      working through a preservation architecture with defined roles and
      responsibilities. The complete text of the "Plan for the National
      Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program" is
      available at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov. This includes an
      explanation of how the plan was developed, who the Library worked with
      to develop the plan and the key components of the digital preservation
      infrastructure. The plan was approved by Congress in December 2002.
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