About Us

Preservation Unit 
425 Library, MC-522
UIUC Library
1408 West Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
217-244-1626

Conservation Lab 
Oak St. Library Facility
OSLF, 2nd Floor
809 South Oak Street
Mail Code 527
Champaign, IL 61820
217-265-4198

Born digital content preservation

Born Digital Content Preservation

contact: Tracy Popp, Digital Preservation Coordinator: tpopp2@illinois.edu

Note: As services evolve and are added this service statement is subject to change.

For more information about the Born Digital Content Preservation service please see our wiki. There you can find the most up-to-date information about services offered, media handling tips and guidelines for starting a born digital media reformatting project. 

Scope of Service

Born Digital Content Preservation provides consultative and, when applicable, content migration services to collection managers within the Library in order to capture data from obsolete physical digital media. Recovery work is accomplished in-house or in collaboration with trusted vendors. All services are provided on behalf of content curators who are responsible for oversight on questions of rights, storage, and access to the materials in question. All policy decisions related to the digital reformatting of library holdings for preservation purposes will be made in consideration of the Association of Research Libraries' Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (PDF). The guidelines hold that Libraries have the right to make digital copies of items in risk of deterioration or inaccessibility due to format obsolescence. However, these guidelines only protect preservation copying - they do not cover access such as online distribution. 

If you have any questions or would like to start a collections transfer project please contact Tracy Popp: tpopp2@illinois.edu