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In 2010, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) was awarded a two-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership program grant to establish a model for cooperative, coordinated management of physical collections in two major fields of research.  The project, entitled Cooperative Print Archiving by Domain: Developing an Infrastructure to Sustain Scholarly Resources, focuses on the fields of Law and Agriculture and aims to build a sustainable and scalable plan for cooperative management of legacy print materials at the local, regional, state, and national levels. 

The project’s goals are to establish consensus on archiving needs for physical collections in the two domains, and to provide a replicable model and sustainable framework to undertake such archiving on a national level. In the field of Law, the project will focus on the legal source materials microfilmed and/or digitized by the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC). In Agriculture, the project will focus on material digitized and/or microfilmed under the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) preservation program.

Project work will create a web-accessible information base of holdings and condition information, service-level agreements for designated archives of those materials, and adaptable templates for a range of archiving agreements and terms of services.

Work on both domains is proceeding simultaneously in four phases:

1.       Assemble supporting information base

2.       Document the extant archiving conditions and services as a baseline for standards

3.       Create consensus on expanding the archives and services

4.       Develop and implement expanded archiving agreements

CRL will sustain and continue to develop the resulting project resources and services after the period funded by the grant.

One such resource is CRL's Project Ceres. This Global Resources Partnership provides small grants from CRL's general operating funds to support the ongoing preservation and digitization of collections in the field of agriculture. The idea for Project Ceres was conceived while working on this project.


June 8, 2011, CRL webinar, Cooperative Print Archiving by Discipline:  Developing an Infrastructure to Sustain Scholarly Resources in Agriculture.

Feb 8 2012, CRL Webinar: Print Archives and Preservation Registry

March 29, 2012, AgNIC webinar

January 23, 2013, ALA Midwinter, PAN Meeting.

June 28, 2013, ALA Annual, PAN Meeting.

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