E-Book Preservation Service Approaches 70,000 Committed Titles

In response to both the library community’s evolving preservation needs and the growth in publisher participation, Portico will offer separate e-book and e-journal preservation services beginning on January 1, 2011. These distinct services will enable libraries to choose where to invest their preservation resources based on their collections, needs and budgets. Existing Portico participants will be offered the choice of e-journal, e-book, or both services at the renewal of their current agreements.

Portico’s new E-Book Preservation Service, which to date covers nearly 66,000 committed titles, mirrors Portico’s current model already in place as part of its e-journal preservation service. Access to archived content is provided when specific conditions or “trigger events” occur which cause titles to no longer be available from the publisher or any other source. Trigger events include: cessation of a publisher’s operations; discontinuation of a title by the publisher; back list titles no longer offered by a publisher; or catastrophic and sustained failure of a publisher’s delivery platform. When e-book titles have “triggered,” they are available to all participants in the Portico E-Book Preservation Service, regardless of whether the participating institution has previously licensed the content.

A significant number of the e-book titles committed to the Portico archive are available for post-cancellation access (PCA) if needed. To date, all but two participating e-book publishers have specified Portico as a mechanism for PCA.

Portico’s E-Book Preservation Service is supported by both libraries and publishers. Participating libraries are asked to make Annual Archive Support payments based on their total library materials expenditures (LME). 2011 fees are now available on the Portico website. An Archive Founder Savings of 25% per year will be provided to all libraries that initiate participation in their first year of eligibility for the new e-book preservation service (2011 for new participants, or at renewal for existing participants).

Portico’s E-Journal Preservation Service covers almost 12,000 committed titles. Access scenarios for both the E-Journal and E-Book services are the same, and the majority of committed e-journal titles are available for post-cancellation access. To date, 88% of participating e-journals have specified Portico as a mechanism for PCA. 2011 fees for the E-Journal Preservation Service are available on the Portico website.

Libraries that joined Portico through 2010 will be governed by the older Portico service agreement until renewal.

In addition to the creation of a new community-supported e-book preservation service, Portico has adjusted its service model for the preservation of digitized historical collections (d-collections). Portico’s D-Collection Preservation Service is now supported solely by the individual publishers that have committed their collections to the archive. Under this new model, trigger event access is limited to a publisher’s previous customers of the collections.

For more information on Portico’s preservation services, please visit http://www.portico.org/digital-preservation or contact participation@portico.org.