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Council of Voting Members Meeting and Collections Forum

Date: Abr 24 2014 - Abr 25 2014
Location: University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Drive, Chicago (NOTE: ALL EVENT TIMES ARE FOR CENTRAL TIME ZONE)
Event Contact: Virginia Kerr - vkerr [at] crl [dot] edu

2013 CRL Annual Report
2013 CRL Annual Report

Thursday, April 24

Business Meeting 
10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

The main annual CRL governance event, at which designated representatives of CRL libraries review new and ongoing CRL initiatives, elect new Board members, and vote on the annual budget for the coming fiscal year:

  • Chair’s Report

    Richard Fyffe, Rosenthal Librarian of the College, Grinnell College
  • Secretary’s Report

    Janice Welburn, Dean of University Libraries, Marquette University
  • President’s Report

    Bernard Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries
  • Treasurer’s Report and Proposed Budget for FY2015

    Scott Waugh, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nomination Report and Election of Board of Directors

    Richard Fyffe, Rosenthal Librarian of the College, Grinnell College
  • Primary Source Awards

    Dan Hazen, Associate Librarian in the College Library for Collection Development, Harvard University

Business meeting documents:



Agenda & Details (download)

Global Resources Collections Forum

Click here for full program description

Ensuring the survival and integrity of government information has always been an essential function of research libraries. The digital revolution, however, has radically changed the ways in which government information is produced and distributed, upending longstanding library models for preservation and access. Today, new ways must be found to ensure that the information governments gather and provide to their constituents, and the records of the workings of governments, remain available to researchers for the long term.

CRL’s 2014 Global Resources Collections Forum will bring together representatives of NARA, government agencies, publishers, historians, and members of the research library community, to explore the new challenges and determine how research libraries, collectively and individually, can ensure long-term scholarly access to the born-digital records, data and publications of domestic and foreign governments.

The Forum title refers to the English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes’s 1651 treatise, Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil. The treatise argued the need for “strong, undivided government” as a check on the disorder and brutality inherent in human society. Hobbes used in his title the biblical term for sea monster, referenced in the Old Testament and pictured on many maps from Hobbes’s era to signify uncharted territory.

This event is open to all interested directors, staff and faculty at CRL libraries. There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required (click orange “Register Now” button above).


Session 1: Libraries and the Records of Governments

Thursday, April 24, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

1:00–1:45 p.m.  Welcome and Keynote: Information, Transparency and Open Government: A Public Policy Perspective

Speaker: Thomas S. Blanton, Executive Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University

1:45–2:30 p.m.  Historical Research and Government Records in the Era of Big Data: A Historians’ Perspective

Speaker: Matthew J. Connelly, Historian, Columbia University

2:45–4:15 p.m.  Panel Discussion:  Preserving the Electronic Records of Governments: Issues and Challenges


  • Paul Wester, Jr.,  Chief Records Officer for the United States Government, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Willam A. Mayer, Executive for Research Services for the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Cecilia Muir, Chief Operating Officer, Library and Archives Canada
  • Paul Wagner, Director General and Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Branch, Library and Archives Canada

4:15–4:45 p.m.  Q&A

4:45–5:00 p.m. Session Summary and Wrap Up

Session 2: Libraries and the Information of Governments

Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

9:00–9:30 a.m.  Keynote: Approaching Leviathan: The Dangers and Opportunities of "Big Data"

Speaker: John S. Bracken, Director, Journalism and Media Innovation, Knight Foundation

9:30–10:00 a.m.  Government Records and Information: Real Risks and Potential Losses

Speaker: James A. Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego, and technical advisor for CRL’s Certification Advisory Panel

10:00–10:45 a.m.  The Digital Future of FDsys and the Federal Depository Library Program -- A Public Policy Analysis

Speaker: R. Eric Petersen, Specialist in American National Government, Congressional Research Service

11:00–11:45 a.m.  Panel Discussion: New Models of Access: The Role of Third Party Aggregators and Publishers


  • Susan Bokern, VP, Information Solutions, ProQuest
  • Robert Lee, Director of Online Publishing and Strategic Partnerships, East View Information Service
  • Robert Dessau, CEO, voxgov

11:45 a.m.–12:00 noon  Q&A and Session Summary

Session 3: New Models of Stewardship: An Agenda for CRL and North American Research Libraries

Friday, April 25, 1:15–3:00 p.m.

1:15–1:30 p.m.  Government Records and Information: An Inventory of the Major Threats and Challenges

Speaker: Bernard Reilly, President, CRL

1:30–2:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion: Prospective Roles and Actions for Libraries and CRL


  • Mary Case, University Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ingrid Parent, University Librarian, University of British Columbia and former Assistant Deputy Minister, Library and Archives Canada
  • Brent Roe, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries

2:30–3:00 p.m.  Conclusions: a New Strategic Framework for Collective Action by North American Academic Libraries and New Multi-year Priorities for CRL


University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Downtown Chicago


Reservations for the Hyatt Regency Chicago can be made online at

Or call Central Reservations at 1-888-421-1442, referring to the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the “Center Research Libraries Room Block.” The deadline for hotel reservations has been extended. Reservations must be received on or before Saturday, April 19, 2014, to receive the special CRL rate.


Members’ Cocktail Reception

Thursday, April 24, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
At the Newberry Library

CRL Tour

Friday, April 25, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
An orientation and guided tour of the Center for Research Libraries near the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Transportation will be provided.

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