New Mexico State University Library is proud to share the announcement that the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), of which the NMSU Library is a part, has successfully archived a half a million volumes.
Academic and research libraries participating in the Trust will celebrate the 500,000th volume archived at a members meeting held at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June 2016.
The five hundred thousandth volume is an issue of the Forum Journal a publication of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.). The print archive is held by Arizona State University Libraries and includes volumes contributed by several libraries in the region.
The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed shared print journal repository program in the western region of the United States. More than 70 research and academic libraries currently participate in WEST, including libraries from the University of California system, Stanford University, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, the University of Oregon, Rice University, University of Kansas, members of the California State University system and of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) among many others.
“Print is a preservation model,” said Dr. Elizabeth Titus, Dean of the NMSU Library. “Many libraries have space challenges; there are better ways to manage and now it’s a national multi-institutional approach.”
Through distributed retention commitments and archive-building activities, members of WEST ensure the preservation of the scholarly record for future generations while also creating opportunities to reallocate library space for new collections and innovative user spaces. Print journal volumes are consolidated and retained at high-density library storage facilities and more than thirty-five (35) selected libraries in the region. New titles are identified each year for inclusion in the Trust based on risk-management principles. WEST archives and retention commitments are visible internationally, through the Center for Research Libraries’ Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR) and OCLC WorldCat.