SULAIR joins the Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL)

Stanford Libraries has joined the Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) in a collaborative effort to digitize, preserve and give public access to historic federal technical reports prior to 1975. The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) is an initiative led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with CRL and 30 Federal Depository Libraries. More about the project can be found on the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) site and the technical reports themselves can be searched and downloaded via Readers will also be able to access the digitized technical reports via Searchworks.

According to the TRAIL site:

Technical reports communicate research progress in technology and science; they deliver information for technical development to industry and research institutions contributing to the continued growth of science and technology. These highly detailed reports contain valuable information serving specialized audiences of researchers. While availability to more recent (1994–current) technical report literature has greatly improved with Internet access, legacy technical report documents remain elusive to researchers. Most large research libraries across the country have sizeable collections of federally funded technical research reports—frequently a million or more ranging from several pages to several hundred pages.

An example of some report series digitized include:

  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Civil Effects Test Operations (AEC-CEX)
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research (AEC-LF)
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Health and Safety Laboratory (AEC-HASL)
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Radiation Instruments Branch (AEC-RIB)
  • U.S. National Bureau of Standards, Monographs
  • U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin

FYI, Stanford Libraries also subscribes to the National Technical Reports Library, a database of two million historical and current government technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service. For questions about this important initiative, please contact James Jacobs, US Government Information Librarian at jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu.

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