Fifteen years after the initial pilot, TRAIL consists of over four dozen member institutions whose annual membership fees and volunteered staff time have digitized over 86,000 reports.
In the early 2000's, driven by a vision to make federal technical reports more visible and accessible, a handful of engineering librarians brainstormed how that might happen. In 2006, the Greater Western Library Alliance funded a digitization pilot project to address these issues. In 2007, the pilot project morphed into the Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL), an ongoing effort that identifies, acquires, catalogs, digitizes and provides unrestricted access to federal agency technical reports.
We celebrate and thank all of the member institutions and personal members that have been a part of TRAIL over the years and continue to make TRAIL successful.