The Universal Repository Library and guarantees for the sustainability of the digital copy


29 – 30 October 2009


Kuopio, Finland


Welcome to KUOPIO-3!

The Kuopio Conferences have identified a vital issue facing the Library and Cultural communities.  They have successfully highlighted the problems of how to identify low use print resources, how to preserve those materials and, more particularly, how to deal with these issues in a global environment.

The Kuopio conferences commenced identifying the problems which library repositories had in storing and preserving these print resources.  Through the first two Kuopio conferences they recognised that the problem was not with the local library, nor with the local or national repository but with the need for a global coordination of what is being preserved for research posterity.  This identification of the Universal Repository Library (URL) is a recognition of the paradox facing decision-makers.  The URL sharply recognises that print is with us forever, that most of it is commercially non-viable to be converted permanently to digital form and that the desired delivery vehicle is digital. It is also announces that there are rich and vital collections across all languages which should be included in this target.

The Third Kuopio conference, this year,  extends this clear examination of this crucial responsibility in the preservation of the world’s literatures. Where the digital environment correctly is being identified as the future medium of preference, the free availability of a rich historical research collection from all languages and cultures is a increasingly prominent importance.  The Google book initiatives will only scratch the surface of a solution. The Google-solution also has a strong commercial dimension to them.  Serious focus needs to be focused on what needs to be preserved, when it needs to be preserved and where it needs to be preserved.  The overriding driver is that these resources will be freely available across the globe for all peoples, for all times.

There is a vast and strongly growing network of Repositories who can link together to create the URL  to work toward a solution to the future.  This conference will focus on these and future initiatives to create innovative and creative solutions internationally.

This conference provides a real and sharp opportunity to address these issues from any number of perspectives including the sociological, systemic, technological, or futuristic perspectives.

You are invited to contribute to and attend this conference as one of the continuing opportunities to focus on these very important issues.

Local organiser: National Repository Library of Finland

Co-organisers: The National Library of Finland, Kuopio University Library

Sponsored by: IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development, LIBER

Pentti Vattulainen, Programme coordinator (
Ari Kotonen, Assistant (


Conference, Acquisition and Collection Development, Digital repositories, Digital resources, Library collections, Sustainability, Finland, Repository libraries

Last update: 4 October 2012