Common Knowledge

Occasional commentary from CRL’s president

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CRL is an enterprise powered by the knowledge, expertise, ideas, and energy of individuals and groups in its community. Common Knowledge is a place where that collective intelligence is shared and those collective efforts are recognized and acknowledged.

Recent Blog Entries

@Risk Forum Ideas: 1. Aligning Archiving and Digitization
5 Jul 2016


CRL’s 2016 @Risk Forum generated five "big ideas" that are shaping CRL's print preservation agenda. The first of those ideas, the inseparability of print preservation and electronic access, means that CRL must concentrate on three things.  

Combining, and Improving, Print Assets
9 Mar 2016


Collaboration between CRL and the Linda Hall Library to digitize historical serials represents a big step in CRL’s shared print efforts.

Shedding New Light on Print Archives and Repositories
1 Mar 2016


Our iterative process for merging data and and "narrative" in information about print archiving and sharing.

Permanence Isn’t What it Used to Be.
28 Jan 2016


Electronic publishers go to great lengths to assure librarians that databases will persist. But the forms of assurance they offer are limited when it comes to the challenge of maintaining digital content over time.

What is @Risk?
26 Jan 2016


For the last two decades a “perfect storm” has been building in North American academic and research libraries. Libraries are making consequential decisions about the future of their print collections with little reliable data to guide them.  

@Risk: New Rigor in Stewardship and Due Diligence
18 Dec 2015


As print rapidly disappears from our libraries, it is time for data-driven, community-wide consensus on due diligence.

Beyond PAPR II: Next Steps for CRL
29 Oct 2015


Recent analysis of North American print archiving and digitization efforts suggests that library investment to date is doing little to promote long-term collection stewardship.

Appreciating Dan Hazen
11 Sep 2015


The research library world lost a great colleague and friend: Dan Hazen, Harvard University’s AUL for Collections.

Upping Our Game on Print Preservation: The PAPR II Summit
2 Jul 2015


A gathering of leaders of other U.S. and Canadian shared print efforts, convened by CRL, called for concerted North American effort on print archiving.   

CRL in a Nutshell 5: "Growing Digital"
17 Apr 2015


Adapting CRL's time-honored approach to cooperative collection development to the digital world.