With the proliferation of online journals, periodicals and other publications, digital preservation is a hot topic for information professionals. Philip Gust, the developer of Stanford University Libraries’ metadata management system called LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), is on the cutting edge of this field. He shared his expertise in a recent seminar as part of the free, online SJSU SLIS Colloquium Series.
Gust’s work focuses on integrating digital preservation into libraries and making preserved content useful to librarians and library users. In his presentation titled “Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us: What’s in it for Librarians and Library Users,” Gust talks about how vitally important it is that libraries take steps to preserve digital content and ensure users can access it. He also describes different types of digital preservation systems and their pros and cons, and gives practical advice on how to choose a system that’s right for your library or even create your own.