Focusing on a national rather than an institutional perspective toward the subject of funding for the work of preservation is an opportunity I welcome. Such funding is a major concern for me personally and for the organization I represent, the Council on Library and Information Re-

sources (CLIR), a private nonprofit organization that gets people together to work on issues affecting the ability of libraries and archives to serve their constituencies. Preservation funding is certainly such an issue, and we have long been involved. The council came into being through the recombination of the Council on Library Resources and the Commission on Preservation and Access, which the council earlier had organized to concentrate on such problems as how to prevent the loss of massive collections printed on acidic paper. The CLIR as a whole continues to promote attention to “brittle books,” along with many other preservation concerns, including the problems of preserving increasing quantities of digitized information.