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

CRL in a Nutshell 5: "Growing Digital"
17 Apr 2015


Adapting CRL's time-honored approach to cooperative collection development to the digital world.

CRL in a Nutshell 4: "The Primacy of Sources"
2 Apr 2015


The immense legacy of evidence built by CRL libraries.

CRL in a Nutshell 3: "Bricks and Mortar"
20 Mar 2015


What CRL member investment in "bricks and mortar" means, in concrete terms. 

CRL in a Nutshell 2: "The Deciders"
11 Mar 2015


Who decides what CRL does and how?

CRL in a Nutshell 1: The Power of Negative Thinking
2 Mar 2015


How CRL's unique mission works for the library community.

Welcome to "Common Knowledge"
9 Feb 2015


"Common Knowledge," and the CRL community, are about shared resources and collective action.    

CRL's Leviathan agenda for digital government information
24 Jul 2014


A realistic action agenda for U.S. and Canadian research libraries, informed by the Leviathan discussions, will form the basis for CRL planning and priorities in the years ahead.

Report on "Leviathan"
6 Jun 2014


The Leviathan forum explored the new realities and complexities of government information in the age of Big Data. Speakers identified ways in which “e-government” threatens the long-term integrity and accessibility of government information, and suggested a new agenda for research libraries.

Governments and Research Libraries
6 Nov 2013


The ways in which governments are creating and managing internal records and publishing data present new preservation challenges. In its April 2014 Global Resources Collections Forum, CRL will examine the complexities and challenges of the new world of "born-digital" government records and information.

Teleconferences on Gale Cengage
31 May 2013


In 2013 Cengage Learning, the parent company of Gale, announced its filing for bankruptcy. CRL will host a teleconference with Frank Menchaca, senior vice president for Global Content at Cengage, to discuss the implications of the Chapter 11 filing for library customers of Gale.