ALCTS Forum: “Collecting Free Web Resources.”

Collection Management and Development Section Forum
Sunday, Jan. 24: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Grand Hyatt Denver, Maroon Peak
Blogger: Melanie Wacker

This discussion forum was a follow-up to the ALCTS e-forum that was held in November 2008.

Melanie Wacker moderated the forum and also gave an introductory overview. This included the issues that have to be considered when archiving or cataloging free Web resources, as well as a summary of the e-forum.

Tracy Seneca of the California Digital Archive was the first speaker. Her presentation covered a wide range of issues: The Web Archiving Service (which will become publicly available in summer 2009), tools and vendors available for Web archiving (including Archive-it, CONTENTdm, and Web Curator Tool), workflow issues, the California State Government Documents Project, and the recommendations of the Section 108 Study Group regarding the legal basis for Web archiving.

Alex Thurman of Columbia University Libraries gave a report on a Mellon funded planning grant for establishing a workflow integrating free Web resources into library collections. He described the use of as a selection tool and his experiences with Archive-it as an archiving tool, as well as future plans for this project.
The metadata collected in has been mapped into MARC for integration into the library catalog and will be uploaded from there to OCLC.
Thurman recommended to perform at the minimum one quality controlled crawl for all sites that were selected for being in-scope of the collection. Regular re-crawls should be scheduled for all sites that are determined to have high priority.

The presentations were followed by a very lively discussion.

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