CRL Digital Delivery Program Surpasses Two Million Pages

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Virginia Kerr -

October 2009 marked two important milestones for CRL’s digital production program. We surpassed two million pages and the 10,000th title digitized on request for scholars at member libraries. The milestone figures represent the digital conversion of nearly 14,000 items to date, all discoverable through the CRL catalog as well as OCLC’s WorldCat.

Digital delivery of full-length texts began in 2006 as part of CRL’s strategic commitment to making its shared collections more accessible. CRL’s in-house production unit now scans approximately 60,000 pages monthly from its holdings in microfilm, microfiche, and bound volumes to support research and teaching in the CRL member community.

The two-millionth page was reached with Why We Learn the Arabic Language, originally published in 1942 in Lahore, Pakistan, scanned in response to a loan request from a patron at Harvard University.