The New Global Resources Supply Chain: A CRL Collections Forum

Event Logistics

Thursday, May 17, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018
1:00-5:00 p.m., May 17, and 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 18. Central Time zone
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Access to contemporary primary sources like news, government information, and economic and geospatial data is vital to original scholarly research. But the "supply chain" for such materials has changed radically with the advent of digital media and the web. Since its founding in 1949 CRL has enabled member libraries to support advanced research on all major world regions. Today the cloud, the economics and politics of information, and the emergence of innovative research practices in the humanities and social sciences challenge our ability to fulfill this role. Problematic restrictions on the use of licensed materials, inappropriate and overly customized terms for the purchase of datasets, and an overall scarcity of transparency in the information market are creating a widening gap between the resources available to academic researchers and those in the corporate sector.

The Global Resources Collections Forum, to be held in conjunction with CRL's 2018 Council of Voting Members meeting, is an opportunity for representatives of CRL libraries to help shape CRL's programs and strategic agenda. The 2018 Forum, in Chicago on May 17-18, will explore how CRL and its community can best deploy available resources to support research and scholarly practice in this new environment. 

Program Agenda (Preliminary)

May 17, 2018

  • 1:00-4:00 pm  Session 1:  The New Global Information Supply Chain and its Implications. 
    • How news, government information and economic and geospatial data are now sourced, managed and distributed by commercial and not-for-profit organizations.
    • What new models of library preservation, acquisition and investment are emerging in response.  

May 18, 2018

  • 9:00 am-noon  Session 2:  New Research Practices.  How cutting-edge research in the social sciences, history and public policy require new kinds of support from libraries. 
  • 1:00-3:30 pm    Session 3: Collective Action.  Moderated discussion of the issues and challenges surfaced in the previous sessions, to identify changes in CRL programs and services needed to address them.


Meeting Location

University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Downtown Chicago


CRL has arranged for special rates at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive. Reservations can be made online at

Or call Central Reservations at 1-888-421-1442, referring to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the dates of stay, and the “Center Research Libraries 2018 Meeting.” Reservations must be received on or before April 20, 2018.


The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

South Asia Specialist’s Research Enriched by CRL Collections

Wendy Singer, Kenyon College professor, explains how CRL collections supported her original research on South Asian women.

Documenting Ghanaian Social Change through the Music Scene

Alison K. Okuda, New York University postdoctoral teaching fellow and lecturer, attests to the importance of CRL’s African newspaper collection to her dissertation on, “Caribbean and African Exchanges: The Post-Colonial Transformation of Ghanaian Music, Identity, and Social Structure.”