While the Library has primary responsibility for digital preservation at NIU, it is a shared responsibility. Designated University officials, content creators, and disseminators must act to fulfill this policy. In this section we outline the roles and responsibilities of concerned parties as they exist presently. These roles and responsibilities may change.

Producers: These include faculty, students, staff, alumni, collectors, creators of content, publishers, and others. Producers will be responsible for complying with established deposit requirements and working with the management of the digital archive to ensure successful transfer.

Management: Management in this context refers to library personnel who set and implement digital preservation policy. These may include the Preservation Committee, the University Archivist, the Digital Projects Content Advisory Group, and others.

Administrators: Administrators are defined as those who carry out day-to-day operations necessary to preserve digital content. These stewards include library personnel associated with the Digital Projects Content Advisory Group, the University Archives, Metadata Services, and Library Systems. Stewardship extends to regular reporting of maintenance activities and extraordinary events that affect digital materials.

Consumers: Users of content either identified for digital preservation and/or presently stored in the digital archive. These consumers, who may include faculty, students, alumni, researchers, staff, and the general public, will be responsible for honoring applicable copyright restrictions and licensing agreements.

Third party: This category includes any additional stakeholder who will be a provider of value-added services, for example, aggregators.

Institutional collaborators: These collaborators may include corporate partners, non-profit organizations, academic researchers, cultural heritage organizations, government agencies at all levels, and all other relevant partners.