Center for Research Libraries - Global Resources Network

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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.

Examples of recent webinars:

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

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

Access to Government Information (October 2013)

CRL uses WebEx software for interactive presentations. See more information under Accessing CRL Webinars. After each webinar CRL links to the slide presentations from the original webinar description, and also posts recordings on our YouTube channel.

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


These informal discussions are offered occasionally by invitation for interested members of the CRL community. Enrollment in individual sessions is limited to encourage discussion. They are 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.

Recent timely topics have included reports on the status of major print archiving initiatives, questions on newly announced major database releases and vendor initiatives, and assessments of digital archiving services.  

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, needed to support advanced research in fields of international importance.

These events 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 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)


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