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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,, 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.


Closing remarks presented at Eastern New York Association of College & Research Libraries (ENY/ACRL) Conference on May 23, 2016, at Skidmore College.

ORCID: 0000-0002-0548-0803



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