Council of Voting Members Meeting and Collections Forum
Location: Chicago, IL
Event Contact: Virginia Kerr - vkerr [at] crl [dot] edu
Thursday, April 24
10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
During the CRL Business Meeting, the main annual CRL governance event, designated representatives of CRL libraries will discuss new and ongoing CRL initiatives, elect new Board members, and vote on the annual budget for the coming fiscal year.
Thursday and Friday, April 24–25
Global Resources Collections Forum
“Leviathan: Libraries and Government Information in the Era of Big Data”
Ensuring the survival and integrity of government information has always been a vital role for research libraries. Today, when most government-produced information and communications are electronic rather than physical, new ways must be found to ensure that the information governments gather and provide to constituents and the documentation of the workings of governments, remain available to researchers for the long term.
In the digital era the production and distribution of government information have changed radically. Recent events–the Obama administration’s drive for transparency (Open Government data, etc.), the reliance upon third-party content management platforms for government-produced data (ESRI, IBM, Google Maps, etc.), and government agencies’ embrace of the web as a primary publishing platform–suggest that the ways in which government information and records are preserved and made accessible to researchers in the future will be fundamentally different from the ways that prevailed in the print and microform eras.
CRL’s 2014 Council of Voting Members Meeting and Collections Forum, on April 24–25, at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center, will bring together representatives of NARA and the Government Printing Office, historians, and members of the research library community, to address the question, “What role will libraries, collectively and individually, play in ensuring the integrity and future accessibility of the records and publications of U.S., Canadian, and foreign governments.”
Thursday, April 24, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
At the Newberry Library
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