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CRL’s eDesiderata platform, designed to provide information about and track the status of e-resources under consideration for member licensing, has a new customizing feature: meDesiderata.
The Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL) will offer up to four stipends for staff members at CIFNAL institutions to attend the AIFBD Conference August 23–25 in Limoges, France.
Recent reviews in The Charleston Advisor, an online review of electronic resources for libraries, include Black Freedom I: Federal Government Records, and Black Freedom II: Organizational Records and Personal Papers; Caribbean Search; Statista; Gale’s Artemis: Literary Sources, Early European Books, The First World War; and two collections in ProQuest’s History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, and American Politics and Society from JFK to Watergate.
The Center for Research Libraries recently received funding to support international analysis and planning for archiving and strategic digitization of print journals and newspapers. CRL will use these funds to expand its collecting and analysis of data on archiving and digitization efforts in the two domains, and promote coordinated, strategic action in these areas by libraries and consortia.
Some key CRL staff members will attend ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia (January 24–28) to report on and gather input for CRL programs.
The Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) recently broadened its mission to incorporate digital preservation and electronic access initiatives in its regular activities. Since July 2013, five institutions have joined MEMP.
The Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) has microfilmed several years of the Kurdish newspaper Aso.
The Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) has microfilmed issues of seven Liberian newspaper titles from the holdings of Michigan State University.
The Center for Research Libraries will purchase eight valuable microform and reprint collections through this year’s Purchase Proposal Program, with a list price value of $125,886. These sets will soon be available through interlibrary loan from CRL.
In recent years, CRL’s Area Studies Microform Projects supported the preservation of more than 300 newspaper titles collected by the Library of Congress overseas offices, ensuring scholarly access to more than 450,000 pages of news from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.   
The FY2014 ballot for CRL’s Purchase Proposal Program, an annual cooperative collection development activity, is open until Tuesday, November 26.
Loans of primary resources from CRL’s collections to scholars have shown striking recent growth.
CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR), a registry of print archives and shared print programs and a database of titles and holdings preserved by those programs, now provides comparison reports to aid collection development decisions and planning.
CRL recently reached a milestone: over five million pages of digitized items from CRL collections are now available to CRL members.
SEEMP has preserved the 1971–88 issues of the Zagreb edition of Borba.
CAMP has preserved two newspapers from Senegal, Le Populaire and Info 7.
LAMP (formerly the Latin American Microform Project) has microfilmed seven Bolivian newspapers from the late 19th century.
CRL now has a new platform for tracking the status of e-resources under consideration for member licensing. eDesiderata offers a place for sharing information and opinions about e-resources, including content, quality, and terms of purchase or subscription.
Four new members have joined CRL since the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, bringing the number of member institutions overall to an all-time high of 275.
CRL invites nominations for collection purchases in the FY2014 Purchase Proposal Program until September 30.