Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2010

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Collaborating to develop a digital solution to a digital acquisitions problem
Michele Reilly, Kelli Getz

Building: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
Room: Classroom 102
Date: 2010-05-18 01:30 PM – 04:00 PM
Last modified: 2013-01-29


With the current trend of associations and publishers going to born digital publications it puts undue pressure on acquisitions to make these materials available yet ensure copyright protections. Our first solution to this born digital series problem was to print them out. This worked for the first several that converted to digital publication but as the number grew we knew that this solution was not only costly but an environmental nightmare. We developed a digital solution to a digital problem. By converting born digital publications from HTML to PDF on those not already PDF we produced a copy that we could use as archival and easily read by many users. We then uploaded them into our content management system (CONTENTdm) for our access platform. With our need to assure copyright we tried authenticating them behind college IP addresses. When this solution proved unworkable we turned to using Ezproxy. By working as a team our cross-departmental collaboration has made available previously printed materials, assured copyright protections, and preserved the materials for future users.