Discovery, Access,
and Preservation

The University Libraries collect, organize, and ensure long-term, durable access to information in all its forms. Over the past five years we have improved our discovery tools and the accessibility of our collections. Research shows that users highly value the Libraries' role as a collector and buying agent and we will continue to develop robust collections to meet teaching, research, and learning needs. However, many no longer begin their research at the Libraries, either in person or online.  As discovery shifts away from Libraries, we must still ensure that our original and licensed collections can be found anywhere, anytime, on any device, and from any starting point. We also recognize that while discovery may happen elsewhere, preservation must begin at home, and the Libraries have taken proactive steps to address preservation, both physical and digital. Ensuring discovery, access, and preservation for users around the world will necessitate shifts in how we define and approach collections and long-term preservation.

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Goal 1

The Libraries will enhance the findability of our collections and other information sources, simplifying access to these materials so that they may be used in any learning and research environment.

Action Item

Supporting Strategies

  • Describe and digitize all distinctive and unique collections, with particular emphasis on at-risk formats like audio and video, and holdings in Special Collections and the Maps Library.
  • Improve the user experience on all devices and platforms, with special attention to accessibility for users with disabilities.

Goal 2

The Libraries will appropriately steward its collections and other information resources for the benefit of future generations of researchers.

Action Item

Supporting Strategies

  • Develop and implement a program for the long-term preservation and curation of digital information managed by Penn State University Libraries.
  • Coordinate collection development, preservation, and management at local, regional, national, and international scales to provide adequate facilities and programs that support an increasingly decentralized collection.