425 Library, MC-522
1408 West Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Oak St. Library Facility
OSLF, 2nd Floor
809 South Oak Street
Mail Code 527
Champaign, IL 61820
The mission of the Digital Preservation Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University Library is to ensure continued access and use of digital materials stewarded by the
library which have been identified as candidates for long-term preservation. Digital preservation
procedures and policies implemented and applied are documented and continually evaluated for
internal effectiveness, efficiency and alignment with the greater Digital Preservation
What is digital preservation?
The term digital preservation does not represent a single discreet action. As defined by the
American Library Association, in short: “Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and
actions that ensure access to digital content over time.” (http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/preserv/defdigpres0408.
These policies, strategies and actions are designed to ensure access to born digital content -
content that originated in a digital form - as well as digital materials created through
reformatting actions despite media failure or inevitable technological change.
Digital Preservation Management
The Preservation unit coordinates a comprehensive strategy to provide a reliable preservation
services for the Library’s many formats of digital collections. The Preservation Unit manages
the following digital reformatting services:
In addition, the Preservation unit coordinates the following digital preservation repository
For general questions about digital preservation at the University of Illinois, contact
Preservation Librarian Kyle Rimkus,
Policies, procedures, and technical information related to the library's digital preservation
efforts are available in the
digital preservation documentation wiki.