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The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) are delighted to announce that as of January 1, 2021 USMAI joined CRL. The USMAI consortium includes 17 academic and specialized libraries within 15 institutions.

USMAI is the first consortium to join under CRL’s new consortium membership model.

“We are excited to join CRL. Belonging to CRL makes our consortium and its libraries stronger and better able to fulfill their core missions," said Chuck Thomas, Executive Director of USMAI.

CRL’s partnership with USMAI has been designed to ensure that CRL’s body of members represents the full spectrum of research libraries, reinforcing one of CRL’s core values, to meaningfully include all voices in the creation and preservation of the research library and knowledge ecosystem.

Benefits of Membership

CRL leverages the collective resources, knowledge, and expertise of a community of over 200 libraries to identify, acquire, and provide access to critical evidence and documentation for advanced research and teaching. Students, faculty, and researchers at voting member institutions benefit from CRL collections and services:

Convenient access to a wealth of scholarly resources

* Collections - Over five million items including the largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America, more than 38,000 journals and 800,000 foreign dissertations, and major microfilm and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Check out the USMAI Core, Centrally Funded E-Resources page for a list of collections that are new to USMAI.

* Electronic resources - A rapidly growing collection of curated digital resources, currently more than 20 million pages.

* Digitization services - On-demand digitization fulfilling requests from researchers and scholars.

* Document delivery - Unlimited delivery of articles from over 50,000 STE journals from the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology.

* Demand purchases  - Three types of materials acquired on request for researchers: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and copies of archival records.

* Expanded content, especially digital, through CRL partnerships in news, law, science, and the historical literature of agriculture.

* Individualized consultations - Providing lists of topic-specific resources for faculty, staff, or students.

Cost-effective cooperative collection building

* Significant potential local savings for libraries through group purchasing and shared purchasing programs.

Support for informed local investment in e-Resources

* Favorable terms for database subscriptions and purchases leveraging the collective purchasing power of over 200 libraries in licensing negotiations.

* eDesiderata - CRL's online platform for analysis and member input on databases and licensing terms.

Leadership in preservation initiatives

* Extensive data analysis and assessment in support of digital and print preservation.

* Shared print - Support for collaborative shared print collection efforts.

Leveraged community expertise

* Communities of interest - Working under the CRL umbrella to preserve and make accessible endangered documentation from all world regions.

* Webinars and Forums Exploring today's critical challenges to collection building and investment in digital resources.

About CRL

Learn more about CRL's, history, news, staff, events, governance and more in the "About" section on their website.

Learn more about membership on CRL's Making the Most of CRL Membership page.

Check out this page for a list of collections new to USMAI with our CRL Membership.

Questions? Please contact Erica Owusu 

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