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Sustaining Access to News: What We Learned from eDesiderata 2017
11 Nov 2017


The conversations at the 2017 eDesiderata Forum exploded the notion that our longstanding print-based approach to preserving news still applies in the digital era, and suggested new strategies.

A Sea Change: 6. On North American Cooperation
26 Sep 2017


Conversations at the June 2017 Expanding the Shared Collections forum helped clarify and focus CRL planning for new shared collections partnerships. 

A Sea Change: 5. More Specifics
25 Apr 2017


The unprecedented turnout for the 2017 Council of Voting Members business meeting was great news, but unfortunately overwhelmed our ability to answer all of the questions about the CRL budget and collections agenda.  Here we address them one by one. 

A Sea Change: 4. The Means to the End
4 Apr 2017


Fulfilling CRL’s commitment to the integrity and accessibility of critical documentation and evidence requires a change in approach. The proposed CRL budget for the coming fiscal year will support that change. 

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. 

"Fake News"
22 Nov 2016


As social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter facilitate the spread of misinformation, research libraries and news organizations together can ensure the integrity and survival of the public record.

Big Data: The View from Above
1 Nov 2016


The world of GIS data is where the open access world and the market intersect. With geospatial data – and financial, census and public opinion data – libraries and scholars face a very different set of challenges than those encountered with more conventional scholarly materials like e-journals and e-books.

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 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.