January 28, 2022

University of Illinois To Digitize C&RL (College & Research Libraries) Archive (1939-1996)

From ARCL News:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has launched a project to digitize the complete back contents of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) official scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries (C&RL). The volunteer initiative will scan the full contents of C&RL through 1996 and make them freely available to the public in the University of Illinois’s IDEALS institutional repository. C&RL contents from 1997 to the present will remain freely available through the publication’s online presence at HighWire Press.


The University of Illinois Library’s Digital Content Creation department will perform the digitization of the approximately 340 issues of C&RL by unbinding one of the library’s two complete runs of the title and scanning using a high-speed InoTec SCAMAX document scanner. Text will be scanned at 400 dpi grayscale and issue covers at 400 dpi color. The digitization process will result in fully searchable PDF files at the issue and article level. Text files of the OCR output will also be created and all original master image files will be ingested into the Medusa digital preservation repository at Illinois. Its metadata unit will create issue and article level metadata for all content.

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