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COPPUL endorses "Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record" statement

Victoria, BC, October 28, 2016 - The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) has formally endorsed the statement Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record. This statement, from EDINA and the ISSN International Centre, outlines a series of activities that libraries and publishers can undertake right now to tackle the evolving and complex challenges associated with access to digital scholarship over the long-term. By working with libraries and archives to increase digital preservation readiness at member institutions, the COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN) plays a key role in this area.

The full statement can be viewed at: http://thekeepers.blogs.edina.ac.uk/keepers-extra/ensuringthefuture/

The statement recommends a series of activities for publishers and libraries to support archiving and preservation initiatives. It represents the consensus of the preservation specialists, archivists, librarians and technologists who participated in an invited workshop held as part of the Keepers Extra project in Paris on the 6th and 7th of June 2016.

The COPPUL DPN is a strong supporter of this call to action and has undertaken a series of activities to help members build the capacity needed to play an active role in the long-term preservation of the scholarly record. The COPPUL DPN is also working with member libraries to ensure that academic journals hosted at Western Canadian universities are a part of the PKP-PLN, an important archiving initiative being undertaken by the Public Knowledge Project.