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

Big Data: Uncharted Territory
17 Oct 2016

 Vast financial and population data sets, multi-layered geospatial data, and high-definition satellite imagery are now the raw materials of research in disciplines

Combining and Improving Print Assets, Revisited
23 Sep 2016

The recent vote on a resolution on CRL serial holdings prompted some concerns, and we address those concerns here. 

CRL's "Pivot" to Open Access
19 Sep 2016

At the 2016 meeting of CRL’s Council of Voting Members the question was posed, “Should more CRL digital resources be Open Access?” Attendees said yes. 

@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.