May 28, 2022

Announcement: CDL, CRL, & HathiTrust Collaboration for Shared Print Infrastructure

From an Introductory Blog Post (via CDL):

In June, California Digital Library (CDL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), & HathiTrust affirmed their commitment – first announced in January 2020 – to take the lead in building on the last decade of shared print efforts to realize an interconnected and open infrastructure that embeds shared print more completely in library services and operations.

We are happy to share the text of that affirming announcement (and the framing document of the collaboration (Principles, Vision, Mission and Assumptions) with our colleagues in the UC and WEST communities .

Moving into the second half of 2020, the three organizations will be working with the community to explore possible “quick wins” (short term projects that contribute to the larger vision), sharing a complete communication plan, and establishing a website where any and all can learn about the work and ways to get involved.

From the Announcement:

The future of print collections is shared. Embedding shared print within the lifecycle of library collections promotes equity of access, enriches the scholarly record, and increases opportunity for research and teaching. A well-developed, collaborative, and interoperable infrastructure ensures we will realize the full potential of our networks and their collective collections.


This new phase coalesces the regional work into a strategic national effort. Working together in a coordinated fashion, we can assemble, preserve, and make accessible a more expansive and diverse shared collection for the scholarly community.

Read the Complete CDL, CRL, & HathiTrust Collaboration for Shared Print Infrastructure, Announcement, June 2020 (457 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.