Repositories benefit today’s scholars and researchers of tomorrow by helping to support preservation of the scholarly record.

Preservation has become an issue in the digital age as libraries no longer keep print copies of all the material to which they provide access. Although the role of repositories in preservation has yet to be clearly defined, repositories are helping materials to be preserved – when academics move to another institution a record of their work remains. Self-archiving mandates should be accompanied by preservation mandates, and deposit licenses are needed so that an institution has the right to carry the work over when there is a need for technological or storage change.

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Poynder. R. (2010). Preserving the Scholarly Record: Interview with digital preservation specialist Neil Beagrie. Open and Shut? (12 August).

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