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Access and Preservation Committee
June 24, 2006

Present: Brad Schaffner (Harvard), Cathy Zeljak (George Washington), Brian Baird (H. F. Group), Diana Brooking (Washington), Adam Burling (ACRL), Jackie Byrd (Indiana), Jared Ingersoll (Columbia), Sandra Levy (Chicago), Dan Pennell (Pittsburgh), Janice Pilch (Illinois), Emily Ray (Yale), Kay Sinnema (Library of Congress), Andy Spencer (Wisconsin), David Woodruff (Getty Research Institute)

  • Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of the San Antonio Midwinter 2006 conference were approved as submitted, with the correction of the spelling of Brad Schaffner's name.
  • Russian Archives Project: Brad Schaffner gave an update on the Russian Archives Project, a joint project between East View, Rosarkhiv, and the University of Kansas. The initial phase of the database is nearly complete, and the database may be included with subscriptions to East View's Russian Newspaper database. Information about the project can be found at:

    Brad reported that 60 guides are digitized in the project, but there are hope that the project can be expanded to include another 380 Russian guides. In addition, negotiations have begun on developing a Ukrainian module that will initially include 16 guides. Funding will be sought from granting agencies and fellow libraries.
  • Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System: Brad also reported on a Harvard project to digitize two sets of microform notebooks, data from interviews of refugees from the Soviet Union. The project will include a link to a later similar project from the 1980's. It is hoped that a collection of ca. 6,000 Soviet photos will be digitized as well, if rights will allow this.
  • Brainstorming Future Directions for the Committee, e.g. Institutional Repositories, Digital Preservation: Among the issues that came up were:
    • The quality of publication from the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe has changed since the collapse of Communism - preservation isn't such an issue with these materials now.
    • E-books for SEES?
    • JSTOR's Portico project?
    • Registration of digitized titles?
    • Section 108 preservation digitization copyright revision
Submitted by Jackie Byrd

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