May 10, 2010 Library Forum Examines Online Serial Acquisition

Press Contact: Jennifer Gavin, (202) 707-1940
Public Contact: Elizabeth Scheffler, (202) 707-6042
Website: U.S. Copyright Office

The Library of Congress has taken another step toward the acquisition and preservation of works that are only available on the Internet. Home of the U. S. Copyright Office, the Library has convened more than 60 participants, representing 40 organizations and publishers, in an "Electronic Deposit Publishers Forum" May 10-11. The group will discuss file formats for submissions, proposed transfer mechanisms, and technical issues relating to metadata elements. The forum will enable members of the publishing community to collaborate with the Library staff to identify technical and procedural options for submitting electronic works available only online.

The Copyright Office adopted interim regulations in February to acquire certain published electronic works that are available only online for the Library’s collections. The regulations apply to the mandatory deposit requirement of the copyright law under which two copies of the best edition of a work published in the United States must be deposited with the Copyright Office. The interim regulations are part of a larger effort by the Library to build its collection of electronic works, starting with online serials.

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PR 10-112
ISSN 0731-3527