CRL Collection Development Forums

Event Logistics

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 to Thursday, November 05, 2009
Charleston, SC
Gwen Ihnat -

The Center for Research Libraries is presenting two preconference collection development sessions at the upcoming Charleston Conference on Wednesday, November 4th and will co-host a Lively Lunch Roundtable with Queen’s University librarians on Thursday, November 5th.

These are no-cost events for librarians from CRL institutions; $100 for nonmembers.

View schedule details below. Register for the Charleston Conference 2009 at:

CRL Pre-Conference Presentations

Wednesday, November 4th ~ 10:00 - 12:00 noon

CRL Global Resources Collection Development Forum: Access to Academic Theses and Dissertations, Navigating a Changing Landscape

Amy Wood ~ Technical Services and Acquisitions, CRL
Marie Waltz ~ Special Projects Librarian, CRL

Additional information
As a growing number of universities solicit electronic submission of graduate degree documents, the ways in which dissertations and theses are distributed and accessed are changing. The transition from paper to digital is also changing how librarians promote the discoverability and accessibility of these important source materials.  This pre-conference, for collection development, reference and resource sharing librarians, will outline the changes, opportunities and challenges in providing researchers access to dissertations and theses from the world’s universities.

Presenters will discuss:

  • Dealing with the major sources of hard copy dissertations, such as the British Library Document Supply Center, UMI Dissertation Publishing, and consortia and individual universities in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere;
  • What is available and what to expect from new and emerging online sources of electronic theses and dissertations (EDTs), such as Project EThOS (U.K.), NDLTD (U.S.), and individual institutional repositories;
  • CRL services to support discovery of and access to non-U.S. dissertations and theses.



Wednesday, November 4th ~ 1:00 – 3:00 pm

CRL Global Resources Collection Development Forum: News: Paper, Film and Digital

James Simon ~Director of International Resources, CRL

Additional information
The rich and detailed record of world events that journalists provide has earned newspapers distinction as “the first rough draft of history.” Today, the Web provides instantaneous access to current news, upending the existing library model for preserving and providing access to yesterday’s news.   This pre-conference, for CRL members and others, will survey the new models for scholarly and student news access.

Sessions will explore:

  • How today’s researchers use paper, broadcast, and electronic news: text-mining for finance and national security, bias analysis for history and policymaking, and so forth.
  • Newspaper digital back file collections: cost, content, and performance from Chronicling America to LexisNexis;
  • What the Google News Archive Search means for libraries;
  • Strategies for bridging the void: moving from microform to digital without losing the past




Thursday, November 5th ~ 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Lively Lunch:  Making the Most of the Center for Research Libraries: A Members' Roundtable

Mary Claire Vandenburg ~ Research and Instruction Librarian, Queen’s University
Sylvia Andrychuk ~ Research and Instruction Librarian, Queen’s University
Mary Wilke ~ Member Liaison and Outreach Services, CRL

Additional information
As universities battle the economic downturn, they rely more on consortia like CRL to help stretch their acquisitions budgets. Membership in CRL provides universities, colleges, and independent research libraries with both conventional and electronic access to rare and uncommon collections as well as valuable programs and services.

How can member libraries make the most of CRL resources?  Librarians from Queen's University, along with The Center for Research Libraries, will host a CRL members' round table during a Lively Lunch at The Charleston Conference (November 4-7, 2009). Bring your CRL experiences, examples, and questions to the table and benefit from the collective knowledge of your colleagues.

To help make this round table more valuable, please complete the following quick survey related to CRL use at your institution: