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Center For Research Libraries and Primary Sources in the Classroom March 8, 2013

by Jim Galbraith 2/26/2013 3:50:00 PM

Please join us on Friday, March 8th for a talk by Bernie Reilly, President of the Center for Research Libraries. Mr, Reilly will be speaking about “The Future of Primary Sources and the Use of CRL Materials in the Classroom.” Following his talk, there will be time for questions and answers.  Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Flyer for "The Future of Primary Sources & the Use of CRL Materials in the Classroom

When: March 8, 2013 

1:30pm-2:30pm Talk

2:30-3:00pm Questions & Answers 

Where: Richardson Library Room 115, 1st floor 

and DPC 10028 in the Loop Library via Polycom

About the Center for Research Libraries:

Do you use primary sources in your research or your teaching? What if you had access to millions of primary resources in a local repository?  Good news, you do!  DePaul is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, a cooperative dedicated to acquiring and preserving traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. The Center for Research Libraries has approximately 5 million items in its collection available for you to use (half a million monographs in all formats, 10,000 newspapers from around the world, area studies, foreign documents, and more).

The Center for Research Libraries makes available approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the CRL’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.

CRL resources include: 

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 dissertations
  • Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other area

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3/1/2013 3:19:45 AM

CRL collection appears to be strong in current affairs, history, and international studies. It may not be directly useful to science and engineering faculties. The Linda Hall Library collection is strong in those areas. If a library is a member of both, the faculty and students can access valuable information across all domains. US researchers are fortunate to have such resources. Are there similar resource libraries in the UK, Europe and other regions of the world which help member institutions?

Subbiah Arunachalam

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