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 from all world regions is vital to original scholarly research. But the advent of digital media and the web has transformed the "supply chain" for such materials. Historically CRL and its member libraries have ensured that the global information supply chain worked well for researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Today the cloud, the economics and politics of information, and innovative research practices present new challenges to fulfilling that historic role. Paywalls, restrictive terms of use, and a growing lack of transparency in the information industry are now creating a widening gap between the data resources available in academia and those in the government and corporate sectors.

The 2018 Global Resources Collections 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. The 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 our programs and strategic agenda. 

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 surfaced in the previous sessions, to identify changes in CRL programs and services needed to address those issues.


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.


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