Global Resources Forum Events

The Global Resources Forum provides programming for CRL libraries through webcasts, teleconferences and in-person meetings, to support informed local collection decisions.

Collection Webinars

Offered several times per year, these focus on current collecting and research interests. Summaries of significant CRL holdings are paired with assessments of trends in digital collections, often provided by scholars or librarians from CRL libraries. The webinars are accompanied by Topic Guides, and in some cases, analyses of repository sources. Slide presentations and audio recordings are posted.

 Recent webinars include:

 Middle East and Islamic Resources (August 2011)

News Preservation and Access (July 2011)

Medieval Resources (March 2011)

New CRL Digital Resources in Law and Government (September 2010)


These informal discussions are offered at least monthly for targeted members of the CRL community. They are opportunities for informal, off- the- record, confidential discussions on challenges and plans relating to collection building, maintenance and investment. They also provide venues to inform CRL’s programs and agenda. Teleconferences will be limited to 40 participants. Recent timely topics include current status of major print archiving initiatives, newly announced major database releases and vendor initiatives, and assessments of digital archiving services.  

Global Resources Roundtables

Global Resources Roundtables (previously known as Global Resources Forums) explore the challenges of ensuring continued availability of documentation and evidence, particularly in electronic format, which will be needed to support future 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 include:

2010 - Global Water - 2010 and Beyond

2009 - Access to Academic Theses and Dissertations, Navigating a Changing Landscape; and News: Paper, Film and Digital

2008 - On the Record: A Global Resources Forum on Electronic Media and the Preservation of News

2007 - Human Rights Archives and Documentation: Meeting the Needs of Research, Teaching, Advocacy, and Social Justice