April 19, 2018

Blackwell and National Library of the Netherlands Sign Archiving Agreement

By LJ Staff

Blackwell Publishing and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands on have signed an agreement on long-term digital archiving for Blackwell’s electronic publications. The agreement was announced June 22 at the congress of the International Publishers Association (IPA) in Berlin. The library will receive digital copies of all publications made available on Blackwell Publishing’s online platform, which currently contains about 380,000 articles in 740 academic and medical journals, published in partnership with more than 550 academic and professional societies. Said Blackwell President Bob Campbell, “With this agreement Blackwell is able to provide a solid and secure long-time archiving solution for electronic publications.” In 1994, the KB began to include electronic publications into its depository collection. It was the first national library in the world to own an operational system for the deposit and long-term preservation of digital publications.

“For everybody involved in research and the communication of research results–authors, researchers, librarians and publishers alike–the agreement between the KB and society publisher, Blackwell Publishing, is yet another step forward in keeping digital archives available in perpetuity,” commented Wim van Drimmelen. The KB already signed similar agreements with other major STM publishers and tries to contract with all major scientific publishers. The KB will provide on site access to the journals on a current basis. The agreement covers new publications as well as digitized backfiles. In the event of a catastrophic disaster, the KB would serve as part of the interim service system.