As part of its strategy to assure sustained access to journal literature, the University Library has become a member of Portico, an electronic archiving service that provides a third-party trusted repository for electronic journals. Portico’s mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students.
Membership in Portico provides the Library with access to a permanent archive of electronic journals from major publishers such as Elsevier, SAGE, Annual Reviews, Oxford University Press, and John Wiley & Sons. As a result, the Library can confidently cancel print subscriptions to journals for which digital subscriptions exist because it is certain these materials will be available in the future.
“Portico gives us the opportunity to continue our thoughtful approach to the long-term stewardship of our collections,” says Karen Schmidt, Acting University Librarian. “We are a recognized leader among research libraries in our commitment to preservation for future users. Decisions such as joining Portico will continue to set us apart from other research libraries as we move into the digital age.”
Librarians at the University Library are now engaged in making the annual journal cancellations decisions needed to balance their discipline-based collection budgets. Portico will be an important factor in their cancellation decisions as they continue talks with faculty and students about journal cancellations. More information, including a list of other publishers participating in Portico, is available on at the Portico website, http://www.portico.org/.
Posted by Katie Newman at September 9, 2006 9:47 AM