Western Libraries Joins Digital Preservation Coalition

Published on May 03, 2024

Western Libraries is now an associate member of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

The DPC is an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance.

The DPC’s vision is a secure digital legacy. The coalition enables its members to deliver resilient, sustainable and useful long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to access and use digital materials beyond the limits of technical obsolescence, media degradation and organizational change.

“We are ecstatic to become members!” said Lisa Lawlis, assistant archivist and Western Libraries DPC representative. “The DPC is an international leader in digital preservation training and resources. Having access to DPC resources and being a part of an international community of digital preservation experts will help Western Libraries continue to excel with digital preservation.”

Established in 2002, the DPC began as a collaboration between several agencies operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland which focused on building a welcoming global community, working together to bring about a sustainable future for digital assets.

The DPC has since expanded to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

Jane Winters, chair of the DPC board, is thrilled to welcome Western Libraries to the coalition.

“With plans to create and implement a robust infrastructure for the management of their born digital records, Western Libraries is absolutely committed to strengthening digital preservation across its institution,” said Winters “We are very excited at the prospect of collaborating with them on their digital preservation initiatives, as well as amplifying lessons learned back to the member community across the Americas and the broader global membership.”

As an associate member of the DPC, Western Libraries will also join the DPC’s new Americas Stakeholder Group alongside fellow Canadian institutions Library and Archives Canada and the University of Calgary. For more information, please see Western Libraries DPC Announcement.