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E-publishing in libraries: the [Digital] preservation imperative

Heather Lea Moulaison (iSchool, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri,USA)
A. J. Million (iSchool, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri,USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 11 May 2015




This paper aims to, through an analysis of the current literature, explore the current state of the library e-publishing community and its approach to preservation. Libraries are increasingly proposing publishing services as part of their work with their communities, and recently, there has been a pronounced interest in providing electronic publishing (e-publishing) services. The library e-publishing community, however, has not systematically studied the need for the long-term preservation of the digital content they help create.


Through a reflective analysis of the literature, this paper explores the context and the evolution of e-publishing as a trend that aligns with public library missions; in doing so, it also explores implications for digital preservation in the context of these new services and identifies gaps in the literature.


Digital preservation is an important and worthwhile activity for library e-publishers; preservation of community-based author content cannot, however, be an afterthought and should be planned from the beginning. Future study should take into consideration the needs and expectations of community-based authors. Existing digital preservation guidelines also provide a point of reference for the community and researchers.


This paper addresses the understudied area of the importance of digital preservation to library e-publishing. In doing so, it also investigates the role of the library in supporting community-based authors when e-publishing through the library.



Moulaison, H.L. and Million, A.J. (2015), "E-publishing in libraries: the [Digital] preservation imperative", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 87-98.



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