Archiving & Preservation
CRL member libraries invest heavily in print and digital resources to support advanced research and teaching. For these libraries, building and maintaining physical collections and securing access to databases and other electronic resources are mission-critical activities. To support those activities CRL provides information, analysis, and expertise -- and opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and best practices. This is motivated by the belief that informed collection-related investment and decision-making by libraries will ensure the persistence and integrity of source materials of interest to the scholars in the CRL community.
CRL assesses and evaluates digital repositories, archives and other services that maintain and preserve digital content of interest to the CRL community. Based on its assessments, CRL makes available:
- Research Findings, including reports of CRL audits of digital repositories that serve the CRL community, such as Scholars Portal, HathiTrust, and Portico.
- Profiles of major aggregators and repositories of digital content of interest to the CRL community.
- Tools for use in evaluating digital repositories and archives.
CRL supports cooperative print archiving initiatives and projects undertaken at the local, regional, and national levels by identifying, monitoring, and evaluating those efforts, and by registering their archived holdings. See more information about print archiving programs here.