The Delhi and Islamabad Library of Congress Offices supply SACOOP libraries with over 2200 print government serials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Close reading of the list of supplied serials reveals that many have not been received for years; we suspect that many have migrated into electronic publications while others may have ceased. We believe the time is right to work together to think about the distribution of print government serials across our collective while also considering the currency of the metadata associated with them. Furthermore, we suggest that the preservation and archiving of this insecure and perhaps unstable content in all forms deserves attention.
Over the summer, 2022 workshop participants will have “homework” to grapple with and provide information about a subset of these titles. We imagine operationalizing the results of our summer research homework into more robust discovery through updated and enhanced metadata. We further envision lasting impact for this work through collective decisions on print and/or electronic preservation.
At the Workshop in October, we will also have presentations by SACOOP participants on their niche collecting efforts. This year we welcome Gautam Reddy and Todd Michelson-Ambelang to share their work with us. These presentations are often the highlight of our workshops as we continue learning about and promoting each others collections, strategies, and successes.
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