TRAIL's Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Samantha Abrams -

TRAIL (Technical Report Archive & Image Library) has released its Spring 2021 Newsletter, which covers:

  • Jen Kirk's appointment to the Depository Library Council of the Federal Depository Library Program
  • TRAIL Annual Meeting highlights
  • Processing update
  • Microcard scanning update
  • Tech report highlight
  • An introduction to TRAIL Member and Chair, Lisa Nickum

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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