Western Regional Storage Trust – Ensuring Preservation & Access

Posted on: Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 10:15am

The WWU Libraries are now members of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States.

WEST is a collaborative and sustainable journal archiving program that will transform the manner in which legacy print journal collections are housed and managed.

WEST will provide secure access to backfiles, increased access to titles never previously held, and value-added services (digital access), providing a robust framework that supports a long-term, distributed print repository. The program will preserve the scholarly record through a coordinated system of persistent archives and will make visible those archives and retention commitments at the national/international level.

Current partners include libraries from the University of California system, Stanford, Arizona State, University of Washington, the University of Oregon, members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). Additional academic libraries plan to join the project as it moves into implementation.

Additional information at:  http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/west

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