Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 1, No 3 (2009)

Research Library Collaboration in Colorado – The Birth and Early Evolution of CARL

Steven Fisher


The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries was a pioneering library consortium that evolved from a small informal group of research library directors known as the Taskforce for Interlibrary Cooperation in the early 1970’s. Early projects including shared acquisitions funding, a union list of serials, and a shared public access catalog. Drawing upon published sources, unpublished primary sources and archival records, and personal interviews with early participants, the birth and early evolution of this organization is analyzed.

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