CRL Hosts Aberdeen Woods Conference

On November 8 – 10, CRL hosted the second triennial Aberdeen Woods Conference on cooperative collection development, entitled "The New Dynamics & Economics of Cooperative Collection Development.” Ninety-five participants gathered for the three-day event, representing a broad spectrum of universities, consortia, and vendors. The Conference program included:

  • A keynote address by Robert Martin, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS);
  • Invited speeches by Ross Atkinson of Cornell University, Daniel Greenstein, of the California Digital Library, and Dan Hazen of Harvard University;
  • A number of paper presentations dealing with the various forms and aspects of cooperative collection projects.
  • The reports of the Working Groups formed at the first Aberdeen Woods Conference in 1999. These groups examined topics including the best practices of cooperative library projects, the development of a map and typology of existing projects, the application of quantitative evaluative measures to cooperative collection activities, and the extension of cooperative practices to the development of collections in the physical sciences.

The presented papers and reports of the Working Groups are available in PDF format in the CRL website.

The Center will produce a formal report on the outcomes of the Conference in coming weeks and post this report to its website. In addition, Haworth Press will devote an issue of the journal Collection Management to publication of the papers, and this issue will be published in 2003.

The Center wishes to thank the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation for its support of the Conference and the Association of Research Libraries which served as co-sponsor of the event.