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A Sea Change: 3. Building a Credible Network
22 Mar 2017


Creating a “CRL consensus” on goals and standards is at the heart of CRL’s shared print agenda. Essential to establishing that consensus is CRL’s Collections and Services Policy Committee (CSPC). The CSPC was instrumental in  shaping the terms of CRL partnerships with the Linda Hall Library and the Law Library Microfilm Consortium, and  will similarly be involved in shaping terms with future partners.

A Sea Change: 2. The Terms of Stewardship
10 Mar 2017


Historically CRL has set a high bar for the stewardship of shared print. CRL partnerships for shared print should do no less.

A Sea Change: 1. Greater Scale
24 Feb 2017


The scale of the challenges of responsible collections stewardship faced by CRL libraries requires CRL to evolve from a single, shared collection to a network of repositories. A reallocation of resources to be proposed at the 2017 Council of Voting Members business meeting could enable the organization to move decisively in that direction. 

CRL's Agenda for Shared Print, 2017 - 2026
28 Dec 2016


The integrity of the vast print serial collections built and long maintained by North American libraries is now in jeopardy. CRL will work, over the next ten years, to shift the onus of maintaining critical print serials collections from individual libraries to the collective, and to generate significant new benefits from those collections for researchers. 

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. 

@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 approach to publicizing print archiving and sharing: merging data and "narrative".

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.

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 4: "The Primacy of Sources"
2 Apr 2015


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

CRL in a Nutshell 3: "Bricks and Mortar"
20 Mar 2015


What CRL member investment in "bricks and mortar" means, in concrete terms. 

Welcome to "Common Knowledge"
9 Feb 2015


"Common Knowledge," and the CRL community, are about shared resources and collective action.    

CRL's Leviathan agenda for digital government information
24 Jul 2014


A realistic action agenda for U.S. and Canadian research libraries, informed by the Leviathan discussions, will form the basis for CRL planning and priorities in the years ahead.

Report on "Leviathan"
6 Jun 2014


The Leviathan forum explored the new realities and complexities of government information in the age of Big Data. Speakers identified ways in which “e-government” threatens the long-term integrity and accessibility of government information, and suggested a new agenda for research libraries.

Governments and Research Libraries
6 Nov 2013


The ways in which governments are creating and managing internal records and publishing data present new preservation challenges. In its April 2014 Global Resources Collections Forum, CRL will examine the complexities and challenges of the new world of "born-digital" government records and information.

The Scholars Portal Repository
20 Feb 2013


CRL certified Scholars Portal as a trustworthy digital repository for electronic journals. Scholars Portal plays a central role in hosting and archiving e-journal collections subscribed to by Ontario universities.The repository is a critical part of the infrastructure that protects the investment of Ontario libraries in research materials.