Common Knowledge

Occasional commentary from CRL’s president

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CRL is an enterprise powered by the knowledge, expertise, ideas, and energy of individuals and groups in its community. Common Knowledge is a place where that collective intelligence is shared and those collective efforts are recognized and acknowledged.

Recent Blog Entries

"Fake News"
22 Nov 2016


As social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter facilitate the spread of misinformation, research libraries and news organizations together can ensure the integrity and survival of the public record.

Big Data: The View from Above
1 Nov 2016


The world of GIS data is where the open access world and the market intersect. With geospatial data – and financial, census and public opinion data – libraries and scholars face a very different set of challenges than those encountered with more conventional scholarly materials like e-journals and e-books.

Big Data: Uncharted Territory
17 Oct 2016


 Vast financial and population data sets, multi-layered geospatial data, and high-definition satellite imagery are now the raw materials of research in disciplines

Combining and Improving Print Assets, Revisited
23 Sep 2016


The recent vote on a resolution on CRL serial holdings prompted some concerns, and we address those concerns here. 

CRL's "Pivot" to Open Access
19 Sep 2016


At the 2016 meeting of CRL’s Council of Voting Members the question was posed, “Should more CRL digital resources be Open Access?” Attendees said yes. 

@Risk Forum Ideas: 1. Aligning Archiving and Digitization
5 Jul 2016


CRL’s 2016 @Risk Forum generated five "big ideas" that are shaping CRL's print preservation agenda. The first of those ideas, the inseparability of print preservation and electronic access, means that CRL must concentrate on three things.  

Combining, and Improving, Print Assets
9 Mar 2016


Collaboration between CRL and the Linda Hall Library to digitize historical serials represents a big step in CRL’s shared print efforts.

Shedding New Light on Print Archives and Repositories
1 Mar 2016


Our iterative process for merging data and and "narrative" in information about print archiving and sharing.

Permanence Isn’t What it Used to Be.
28 Jan 2016


Electronic publishers go to great lengths to assure librarians that databases will persist. But the forms of assurance they offer are limited when it comes to the challenge of maintaining digital content over time.

What is @Risk?
26 Jan 2016


For the last two decades a “perfect storm” has been building in North American academic and research libraries. Libraries are making consequential decisions about the future of their print collections with little reliable data to guide them.