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Digital preservation strategies at Colorado State University Libraries

Beth Oehlerts (University Libraries, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
Shu Liu (University Libraries, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 11 January 2013



The purpose of this paper is to provide an account of digital archiving and preservation practices and processes successfully implemented at an academic institution.


This case study chronicles the planning and actions taken to identify, select, package, and archive local digital assets for long‐term access and migration. It includes a literature review and offers selected resources as a starting point for other institutions investigating digital preservation tools and practices.


Digital preservation is a broad, evolving, and important facet of digital asset management, yet often overlooked by library administration and understated in library operations. Collaborative approaches should be considered in implementing digital preservation tools and processes with limited resources.

Practical implications

What is successfully in operation at CSUL may be learned by other institutions. An effective preservation plan and established workflows will give an organization the capability to maximize limited funds and staff time.


The majority of the current literature provides theories, technologies, conceptual models, and large‐scale collaborations, with relatively little describing needs, practices, operations, and experiences at a specific academic library. This paper will contribute to the literature by discussing digital preservation from actual experience, based on the work we perform, the needs we face, and the solutions we reach within our current environment.



Oehlerts, B. and Liu, S. (2013), "Digital preservation strategies at Colorado State University Libraries", Library Management, Vol. 34 No. 1/2, pp. 83-95.



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