The web is fragile and littered with broken links. This poses a problem for the scholarly record and one’s own academic history. In this presentation given at the Association of College & Research Libraries – Eastern New York chapter conference, I review the stats on link rot and reference rot, and I give a brief overview of web archiving and its challenges. I review some web archiving tools: the Internet Archive, Perma.cc, WebRecorder, and GitHub. I advise creators of web projects to design their websites to be accessible and archivable, and to think about preservation (afterlife) of their projects from the start of the planning stages. I advise librarians and archivists to become familiar with web archiving tools and archivability/accessibility practices so that they, in turn, can advise web project creators.
Davis, Robin Camille. “Die Hard: The Impossible, Absolutely Essential Task of Saving the Web for Scholars.” Eastern New York Academic and College Research Libraries Conference. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. 23 May 2016. Closing remarks.