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Assistant Dean for Technical Services
University Libraries, Rm 300
1125 Risman Drive
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Will Martin
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:41 PM
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Archival File Storage
As with most libraries, we're accumulating an increasing number of digital holdings. So far, our approach to storing these files consists of a haphazard cocktail of:
- A ContentDM site whose contents haven't been updated in three years
- live network storage in the form of shared drives
- a Drobo
- CDs and DVDs
- hard drives stored in static-proof bags, and
- ancient floppy disks whose contents remain a mystery that would surely scour the last vestiges of sanity from our minds if we had a 5 1/4"
drive to read them with.
In short it's a mess that has evolved organically over a long period of time. I'm not entirely sure what to do about it, especially considering our budget for improving the situation is ... uh, zero.
At the very least, I'd like a better sense for what is considered a good approach to storing archival files. Can anyone recommend any relevant best practices or standards documents? Or just share what you use.
I'm familiar with the OAIS model for digital archiving, and it seems well thought-out, but highly abstract. A more practical nuts-and-bolts guide would be helpful.
Web Services Librarian
University of North Dakota