Global Resources Forum Events

CRL’s Global Resources Forum is a program of events and activities for the community to share critical information and perspectives in support local collection-management decision- making.

Collection Webinars

Offered several times a year, these focus on current collecting and research interests identified by CRL libraries. Summaries of significant CRL holdings are paired with assessments of trends in digital collections, often provided by scholars or subject specialist librarians. The webinar topics are also explored in CRL’s Topic Guides and FOCUS on Global Resources.

Recent webinars include:

Linda Hall Library: Expanding Access [to STE materials] (March 2014)

Text/Data Mining: Supporting Researcher Needs (February 2014)

Access to Government Information (October 2013)

Find links to upcoming and past webinars on CRL’s Events page.


These provide opportunities for off-the-record, small-group discussions on topics and issues relating to collection building and maintenance and investment in major electronic resources. They also provide venues for member input to inform CRL’s programs and agenda.  

Global Resources Collections Forums and Roundtables

Global Resources Collections Forums and Roundtables explore the challenges of preserving and ensuring access to primary sources and documentary evidence, particularly in electronic format. They focus on resources critical to support advanced research in fields of international importance.

These in-person meetings draw librarians and scholars as well as publishers/producers. They examine how source materials are produced and used today, and how this will impact new lines of inquiry and research. They map strategies, policies and practices by which libraries, archives, and other repositories can accommodate the current realities of collecting in various fields.

Past collction forum topics have included:

Leviathan: Libraries & Government Information in the Age of Big Data (2014)

Beyond the Fold: Access to News in the Digital Era (2013)

Global Water - 2010 and Beyond (2010)