The Rutgers University Libraries have taken some major steps in planning for a preservation program for the library system. The Preservation Planning Committee produced its report, Reinvestment In Knowledge: Preservation of Library Materials in the Rutgers University Libraries in May 2001, and the two preservation consultants' reports by Paul Conway (February 2002) and Mona Jimenez (December 2003). We have made important progress since these reports were issued but funding and staffing for preservation still remain major problems to developing an effective preservation program.
The Libraries are now establishing a standing committee on Preservation, reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management and the Collection Development Council. The general charge for the committee is:
To provide systemwide oversight of preservation activities and promote awareness about preservation issues within the Libraries.
In addition there is a specific, near-term charge. The Libraries are now beginning to formulate its next five-year plan and it is important that preservation be an important component of that plan. This committee will help in this process by developing a five-year plan for preservation. The first steps of this activity will be:
The committee membership shall have systemwide representatives with appropriate knowledge and expertise.