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    June 15th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    BCR is pleased to welcome the University of Denver (DU) Penrose Library to its new Shelf2Life program. By joining the Shelf2Life program, the Penrose Library is bringing its collection of pre-1923 U.S.-published monographs back into the public domain, along with other collections that have had limited or no access due to age, condition or scarcity. The Library's initial Shelf2Life collection is focusing on a variety of subjects, from the history of the American West to railroading topics and more. The books will be available as print-on-demand through hundreds of online retailers and through the library as eBooks.

    "This is a wonderful opportunity to improve access to strategically selected collections of general or scholarly interest. We know this program will help us re-balance our commitments to the culture of the book while energetically embracing the digital world," said Nancy Allen, Dean and Director of the Penrose Library.

    "I'm pleased that the University of Denver Penrose Library has joined BCR's Shelf2Life," said BCR's President and CEO Brenda Bailey-Hainer. "With these collections we are now able to make available resources that have been inaccessible to all but a few users."

    The overriding goal of BCR's Shelf2Life program is to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations share their collections with new audiences. By providing libraries with the tools to digitize and widen access to their collections, BCR's Shelf2Life program helps libraries increase the visibility, use and recognition of their important collections. The program helps researchers, collectors and readers by putting these editions within easy reach-in print-on-demand or electronic format.

    About The University of Denver Library
    The University of Denver Library has a threefold mission. First, to provide collections, services, personnel and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University.  Second, to organize, interpret and maintain those collections, services and systems. Third, to enable the members of the University community to use information resources creatively, analytically and critically toward the acquisition of knowledge. In order to continue to meet this mission and their high level of service to the University, research, higher education, local, national and international communities, the DU Library continually strives to innovate and adapt their collections and delivery options.

    About BCR
    BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation's oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit or email

    Brandie Baumann, communications coordinator