Wednesday, 13th February 2013
EU grey literature: Long-term preservation, access, and discovery
Source: Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)
From the Summary:
The preservation of the historical memory of the development of the European Union and its policies, which have helped to mould European history for almost 60 years, has never been more important in a world of rapid change. The growth of ‘fast’ publication of documents in print or on the various websites of Europa, with no long-term repository or stable URL, not deposited in the EU Bookshop, or in the repositories that form the basis of the registers of the institutions, is alarming.
Librarians traditionally preserved resources. Many of these resources have lasting value and significance and should be protected and preserved for current and future generations. The issues to be considered are legal, technical and, particularly in the case of the EU institutions, organisational.
A working group on EU grey literature was set up during the annual Eurolib meeting in Brussels on 3-4 May 2010. We were motivated by our experience as EU institution information professionals of searching, often fruitlessly, for documents or publications of all kinds to satisfy requests from both EU staff, researchers and the wider public.
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By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes is currently an Information Services Librarian with the London Borough of Havering.
In this role, he has particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by Free Pint Ltd. in 2007. He is also involved in training and publicising online reference resources and is a regular contributor to DocuTicker.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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