The Auburn University Libraries will play a leading role in a two-year National Leadership Grant of $113,427 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant, which was awarded through the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) to Auburn and six other Alabama universities, was one of 37 awarded in the 2006 IMLS funding cycle.
Titled "Alabama Digital Preservation Network," the grant will be used to test the feasibility of employing LOCKSS ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") software to harvest and store locally-created digital assets in a low-cost statewide distributed preservation network. Currently used for electronic journals, LOCKSS creates a network of copies that can quickly replace any lost or damaged digital object. This project will create the Alabama Digital Preservation Network for digital repositories of all types, demonstrating a preservation solution for academic institutions, state agencies, and community cultural heritage organizations that are building digital collections for public access. Aaron Trehub, the director of library technology at AU, is the project director.
The participating institutions are the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn University, Spring Hill College, Troy University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of North Alabama. To read the full story, click to http://www.imls.gov/news/2006/092606.shtm . The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.