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The double bind of e‐journal collections

Robert Fox (University Libraries of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 20 February 2007




This paper aims to examine technology developed to aid in e‐journal archiving and preservation.


This paper examines two organizations and relevant technology which has been developed over the last five years to meet the needs of e‐journal archiving and preservation.


This paper is exploratory in nature and examines two potential solutions for the e‐journal preservation dilemma.

Practical implications

Since the advent of e‐journal licensing, concerns regarding the preservation of digital born content have grown. The need to establish means to preserve this content for the future is acute.


This paper examines the pros and cons associated with the two primary organizations, Portico and LOCKSS, regarding e‐journal content preservation. It is hoped that this information will be useful to librarians and library staff who are responsible for exploring the means to implement digital preservation and will guide them to further resources which will be helpful in making an informed decision.



Fox, R. (2007), "The double bind of e‐journal collections", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 21-29.



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