TRAIL's Autumn 2020 Newsletter

"Distribution of Red-bellied and Texan Woodpeckers" from Biological Survey of Texas (1905), page 31

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Judy Alspach -

TRAIL (Technical Report Archive & Image Library) has released its Autumn 2020 Newsletter, which contains updates regarding:

  • TRAIL's December 9 Member Information & Update Meeting
  • Processing Update
  • Microcard Scanning Project Status
  • TRAIL Media Kit and Promotion Update

TRAIL identifies, acquires, catalogs, digitizes, and provides unrestricted access to U.S. government agency technical reports. TRAIL currently consists of over four dozen member institutions whose annual membership fees and volunteered staff time further the efforts of the project. The mission of TRAIL is to ensure preservation, discoverability, and persistent open access to government technical publications regardless of form or format. TRAIL provides unrestricted access to these digitized technical reports through the TRAIL Search Interface. Millions of pages of elusive technical reports are now discoverable, thanks to the collaborative effort of TRAIL members.

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