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Protecting Scholarly Books: New Federation Aims to Unify Comprehensive Book Retention

PALNI is one of many to develop this partnership to protect and preserve scholarly print books. Read more in the EAST (Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust) press release:

Boston, MA, January 23, 2019 Academic and research libraries have long collaborated to preserve and protect the print scholarly record.  The newly formed Partnership for Shared Book Collections takes this work to the next level by coordinating collaboration for the protection of print books.

Preservation and storage facilities such as the Research Collections and Preservation Service (ReCAP), large scale digitization and preservation initiatives such as HathiTrust, and programs such as the Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST) have all focused on long-term retention of books while ensuring they are accessible for scholars, faculty and students.  More recently, collaborations among consortial shared print programs are being formed, such as the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance which is focused on archiving print serials and journals. The Partnership for Shared Book Collections complements the Rosemont initiative with a focus on the print book.

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