Make the Most of Your CRL Membership
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Add information about CRL to your library’s homepage or another prominent location on your website.
Include information about how to borrow from CRL and highlight CRL’s quick turnaround time and extended loan periods. List CRL’s catalog prominently as an extension to the local catalog along with information on how to obtain materials. Below are a few examples from our members:
Or highlight specific CRL materials on your website:
- Subject pages, as seen on the library pages of the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin
- Pages focusing on specific formats, as seen on the University of Colorado at Boulder newspaper page
Some members also use new media to promote CRL on campus, including blogs:
Build awareness of CRL’s resources and services on-campus among faculty, students, and librarians.
Many member libraries provide information on CRL in targeted bibliographic instruction classes, in Web pages, in handbooks for faculty or graduate students, and in other promotional and informational materials. CRL provides text for use in describing CRL in online database indices, collection guides, search directories, and other finding aids. Images are also available. CRL will also visit your campus to talk about resources and services.
UPLOAD CRL RECORDS.
Including CRL’s records in your local databases will increase the visibility of CRL resources among your faculty and students. For example, the University of Florida saw a 135% increase in CRL usage the first year after uploading our records, and another 111% the second year. CRL can customize the file size and format to member needs. For more information, choose the Record Loading category on our FAQ page.
Ensure that acquisitions and collection development librarians are aware of CRL’s cooperative collection development services.
To help relieve budget pressures, the demand purchase programs for archives, newspapers, and foreign dissertations enable member libraries to respond quickly to specific faculty requests in these areas. In the purchase proposal program, members as a group select expensive materials to house at CRL, so individual members do not have to purchase them locally. In the shared purchase program, CRL coordinates for groups of members to purchase materials to be housed at CRL.
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