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Recent Blog Entries
Expanding the Global Resources Network
29 Nov 2017
The new Global Collections Initiative is expanding the CRL network of libraries and institutions committed to building and preserving important and endangered resources for area and international studies.
The conversations at the 2017 eDesiderata Forum exploded the notion that our longstanding print-based approach to preserving news still applies in the digital era, and suggested new strategies.
Conversations at the June 2017 Expanding the Shared Collections forum helped clarify and focus CRL planning for new shared collections partnerships.
A Sea Change (5): More Specifics
25 Apr 2017
The unprecedented turnout for the 2017 Council of Voting Members business meeting was great news, but unfortunately overwhelmed our ability to answer all of the questions about the CRL budget and collections agenda. Here we address them one by one.
A Sea Change (4): The Means to the End
4 Apr 2017
Fulfilling CRL’s commitment to the integrity and accessibility of critical documentation and evidence requires a change in approach. The proposed CRL budget for the coming fiscal year will support that change.
Creating a “CRL consensus” on goals and standards is at the heart of CRL’s shared print agenda. Essential to establishing that consensus is CRL’s Collections and Services Policy Committee (CSPC). The CSPC was instrumental in shaping the terms of CRL partnerships with the Linda Hall Library and the Law Library Microfilm Consortium, and will similarly be involved in shaping terms with future partners.
A Sea Change (1): Greater Scale
24 Feb 2017
The scale of the challenges of responsible collections stewardship faced by CRL libraries requires CRL to evolve from a single, shared collection to a network of repositories. A reallocation of resources to be proposed at the 2017 Council of Voting Members business meeting could enable the organization to move decisively in that direction.
CRL's Agenda for Shared Print, 2017 - 2026
28 Dec 2016
The integrity of the vast print serial collections built and long maintained by North American libraries is now in jeopardy. CRL will work, over the next ten years, to shift the onus of maintaining critical print serials collections from individual libraries to the collective, and to generate significant new benefits from those collections for researchers.