Brief discussion and background papers on various aspects of area and international studies, collections and library acquisitions were prepared in advance of the conference:
- Gibert W. Merkx – International Studies in the U.S.: an Overview: the political-historical conditions that led to the rise and success of the U.S. Title VI interdisciplinary centers, which combine, and the case for continued support of the area, international and foreign language (AIFL) studies model.
- Charles Kurzman -- American Scholarship and the Global Turn: measures the extent to which American universities have supported knowledge of foreign languages and cultures since establishment of the Title VI National Research Centers in 1958, based on international content published in the major social science journals.
- Dan C. Hazen -- Provocations and Irritations for the Globalized Research Library: developments in the academy, the publishing and information industries, and the library world that "may be at odds with fully effective approaches to global research and learning" and assertions and questions about how those challenges might be met.
- Lucinda Covert-Vail -- Globalization of Faculty, Students, Campuses – Challenges and Opportunities: implications of the global expansion of U.S. higher education for library collection-building, new issues raised and how international collaborations between US libraries and libraries and content producers in regions of interest might be structured.
- Barbara McFadden Allen – Bringing ‘Beginner’s Mind’ to Global Resource Collaboration: reflections on the nature of collaboration in other sectors and lessons applicable to the world of higher education.
- James Nye-- Non-Governmental Sources of Support for Global Resources: an overview of the importance of non-governmental support for global resources in the past, and the prospects for expanding such support in the future.
- James Nye – International Collaborations in Support of Enhanced Global Resources: a brief survey of government support for global resources abroad, and a call for “expansive international collaborations” among U.S. research libraries, “engaging partners in the world regions being studied and collaborators in Europe.”
- Bernard Reilly -- The Evolving “Supply Chain” for Foreign Acquisitions: general background notes on changes wrought by new technologies on the production, distribution and use of source materials for research and international studies.
- Background Document: Global E-Book Snapshot, compiled by members of the Global and Area Studies Department, Perkins Library, Duke University.
- [country reports]