As I write this on December 10, 2005, Federal Depository Libraries across the country have 21 days to complete the federally required biennial library survey. For the first time ever, this survey contains a question on digital deposit. Some librarians are worried about the committment needed to maintain local digital collections. So that’s why I’ve been writing up examples of libraries that have taken up the digital challenge.
Today’s example is the Kentucky State Library and Archives Agency. The Kentucky State Library stores roughly 6000 files representing 4500-5000 documents. The files take up 5.34GB and have been mostly harvested in the past two years. Kentucky currently has 100GB of free storage space with an option on another terabyte (1000GB). At the average Kentucky e-doc file size of 1MB, Kentucky could store another 102,400 files or more than 85,000 documents.
Some of the start-up costs of web harvesting, description, access, and preservation for the state documents project were paid for out of a NHPRC grant. Ongoing costs of the Kentucky docs archive are largely covered by regular library budget items.
Source: Personal communication with Glen McAninch of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 12/9/2005.
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