Print Preservation

CRL has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve scholarly print materials through collaborative action for many years. Having enough print copies for the future becomes more important as weeding within academic libraries increases. Print archiving is an important preservation strategy for future digitization, and academic research needs. The academic library community must provide for future scholars by collaboratively establishing complete print archives. Sharing data about where this content is stored, how it is stored and who has access will be important information for future users. We encourage print archives to identify and preserve content through shared commitment agreements in order to ensure no print is lost.

  • To encourage discussion of print archiving CRL sponsors a Print Archive Network (PAN) meeting at ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings - link to archive
  • CRL's JSTOR Print Archive is a print project that seeks to serve the future print needs of the academic community.
  • CRL's PAPR database developed by CRL focuses on serials, which are particularly at risk.
  • CRL encourages print archive projects by subject domain in order to ensure important content is preserved by those who understand it best. 

Archiving by Domain

CRL supports efforts to archive print by specified knowledge area or domain. Currently CRL is particularly interested in print archive support for the legal, and agriculture domains. Read more...

ICON Database

CRL has developed the ICON Database to aggregate detailed, authoritative bibliographic and descriptive information about news resources held in print, microform and digital formats. ICON helps libraries and publishers make informed decisions on preserving, maintaining and digitizing print newspapers. Read more...

CRL JSTOR Print Archive

CRL JSTOR Print Archive

PAPR Database

The Print Archives and Preservation Registry (PAPR) system is designed to support archiving and management of serials collections by providing comprehensive information about titles, holdings, and the terms and conditions of archiving of the major print archiving and shared print programs.  The PAPR database is available online at   Read more...