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

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, let alone for eternity.

What is @Risk?
26 Jan 2016


For the last two decades a “perfect storm” has been building in North American academic and research libraries, requiring libraries to make consequential decisions about the future of their print collections. With little reliable data to guide them, librarians face a range of risks, from trivial to potentially disastrous, in making these decisions.  

@Risk: Upping our Game on 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. Data in the PAPR and ICON databases reveals some interesting -- and alarming -- trends. 

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.

CRL in a Nutshell 4: "The Primacy of Sources"
2 Apr 2015


The immense legacy of documentation and evidence built by CRL libraries.