|When the Council on Library Resources and the Commission on Preservation and Access merged in 1997 to form CLIR, the new organization presented itsagenda in four programs of activity: preservation and access, digital libraries, economics of information, and leadership. One staff member led each program and was responsible for its activities. In the ensuing two years, it became clear that this model of organization was too rigid: CLIR’s work could not be so neatly circumscribed. Our concern about digital archiving, for example, related to preservation, economics, and digital libraries. We realized that it would be more effective to identify the issues or themes that are most important for the advancement of libraries, archives, and other information organizations and to think of those themes as a collective assignment to our staff.
At the same time, we recognized that the four program areas did not convey the full scope of our work. Developments in digital technology, for example, had forced us to consider issues of preservation separately from those of access. Moreover, the international program, which had been lodged within the Commission on Preservation and Access, had the potential for a much broader mandate. Consequently, we began to think of our work not in terms of programs but in terms of activities that reflect six areas of interest: resources for scholarship, preservation awareness, digital libraries, economics of information, leadership, and international developments.