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. Sharing data about where print serial holdings are maintained, how it is stored and who has access is important information for library retention decisions. 

  • To promote sharing of information and best practices on print archiving CRL sponsors a Print Archive Network (PAN) forums at ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings - view the event archive.
  • CRL is building and maintaining a JSTOR Print Archive on behalf of member libraries. 
  • CRL's PAPR database is the most comprehensive registry of print serials archived in the U.S. and Canada. 
  • CRL provides collection analysis and enhancement of serial print holdings records for individual libraries and consorrtia. 

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 Read more...

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 http://papr.crl.edu.   PAPR includes Read more...

Print Archive Network Forum (PAN)

The Center for Research Libraries sponsors the Print Archive Network Forum (PAN), a biannual meeting held in conjunction with ALA conferences, to share information, expertise and best practices about strategic management of print archive programs. PAN invites libraries and consortia of all sizes to participate. Read more...

Contributing Serials to the Linda Hall Library

CRL's Science, Engineering and Technology Global Resources Partnership maintains as an accessible archive the combined STE serial holdings of over 50,000 titles of CRL and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology. Libraries interested in divesting STE print serials are encouraged to contribute materials to fill gaps in the shared archive.    Read more...