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Archivematica outside the box: Piloting a common approach to digital preservation at the Five College Libraries

Shaun Trujillo (Library, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)
Meghan Bergin (W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)
Margaret Jessup (Libraries, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA)
Johanna Radding (Frost Library, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)
Sarah Walden McGowan (Frost Library, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




This work aims to provide a report on adopting a consortial model of collaboration toward understanding digital preservation practice.


This work provides a case study detailing the work and outcomes of a digital preservation pilot project undertaken by the Five College Libraries between 2014 and 2015.


Digital preservation is a broad endeavor and rapidly developing facet of digital collections and institutional repositories; yet, it is often an area that is not fully understood or implemented by many libraries and archives, largely because institutions lack the necessary resources to do it alone. Working across institutional lines provides a possible solution to overcoming resource limitations and general challenges for pursuing robust digital preservation programs.

Research limitations/implications

Findings reported in this work are based on a limited-scope pilot project. Several questions laid out during the pilot remain unanswered at its close.


This paper provides insight into an experimental process rarely reported in library and information science literature. The goal of the paper is to provide a reference point for institutions pursuing a consortial approach to the challenges of applied digital preservation practice.



Trujillo, S., Bergin, M., Jessup, M., Radding, J. and Walden McGowan, S. (2017), "Archivematica outside the box: Piloting a common approach to digital preservation at the Five College Libraries", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 117-127.



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