CRL has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve scholarly materials through collaborative action for many years.
- In 2003, CRL organized one of the first major initiatives to focus attention on the evolving nature of library print collections: the Preserving America's Print Resources (PAPR) conference, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which framed a national action plan for cooperative management of physical collections.
- In subsequent years, CRL developed print retention agreements with partner libraries and a JSTOR print archive housed at CRL.
- In 2009, CRL was awarded funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new program to support strategic development and management of library collections at the local and regional level.
- In 2010, CRL was awarded an IMLS National Leadership Grant to “develop collaborative print archives by domain” in the areas of agriculture and law.
Through its Global Resources Forum (GRF), CRL promotes sharing of practices and information about print archiving initiatives around the world and especially in North America, with services including:
- Print Archiving Community Forum: Focused meetings and webinars with libraries and consortia to build community consensus on print archiving standards and best practices
- Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR): This system provides online data about print archiving programs and archived materials, and analysis of library collections to support archiving and retention decisions.