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CRL continually strives to align its activities and services with the changing realities of humanities and social science research in the digital age. With major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, CRL is increasing its support for electronic access to primary research materials, as well as the reliable archiving of those materials in print format. These efforts focus on broadening access in four major domains: news; law and government information; the history and economics of agriculture; and the history of science, technology, and engineering.

These four areas represent areas of established CRL collecting strengths, and are fields in which historical collections are currently at risk.

To achieve its goals, CRL has formed partnerships with like-minded organizations in three of the four domains:

Law and Government

North American law libraries are rapidly divesting of older, primary government and commercially-produced legal publications, many of which are supplanted to some extent by legal information databases. Those legacy publications have become important raw materials for historians and other humanities scholars, offering wide interdisciplinary potential. In partnership with the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC), CRL is leading the only coordinated national effort to preserve scholarly access to primary historical US and foreign legal publications.

The History of Science, Technology and Engineering

The Center for Research Libraries and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology have together amassed rich current and retrospective holdings of American and foreign scientific and technical publications.  In 2012 CRL and the Linda Hall Library formed a strategic partnership to preserve and develop their historical research collections and to make the 50,000 journal titles acquired and maintained by CRL and Linda Hall available electronically through on-demand digitization and traditional document delivery. 

History and Economics of Agriculture

The history of agriculture has broad research applications across multiple disciplines. American land-grant universities and many major Canadian research universities have invested significant resources in developing collections of agriculture- and environment-related material, but these institutions are being pressed to divest of such publications as irrelevant to current applied research. CRL is working with USAIN (United States Agricultural Information Network) and CRL member institutions to establish community consensus on acceptable terms for the archiving of agriculture serials and related government publications in print form, and in providing electronic access to major historical agricultural serials.

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