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CRL is an enterprise powered by the knowledge, expertise, ideas, and energy of individuals and groups in its community. Common Knowledge is a place where that collective intelligence is shared and those collective efforts are recognized and acknowledged.

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Global Collections Initiative: Mexico City Workshop 2018
7 Sep 2018


In June 2018 Latin American specialists and librarians from the U.S., U.K., and Latin America gathered in Mexico City to consider and critique findings from CRL's Global Collections Inititative. This is a report from that meeting.

Libraries and the Global Information Supply Chain
16 Aug 2018


The 2018 CRL Global Collections Forum examined the evolving global “supply chain” for source materials for research. The present post summarizes the key ideas, and suggests what the new supply chain means for CRL and its community.  

CRL's Eighth Decade: A Community Perspective
12 Jun 2018


At the 2018 Council of Voting Members meeting members weighed in on two broad strategic directions that emerged from Board and management planning.

A Sea Change (9): Investment in Open Access and Shared Digital Resources
27 Mar 2018


Proactive investment in Open Data and shared digital resources might serve CRL libraries and researchers worldwide better than continuing to focus resources on amassing physical collections.

A Sea Change (8): Integrating CRL Print in a North American Shared Collections Network
13 Feb 2018


Integrating CRL collections in a North America-wide shared collections network.

A Sea Change (7): CRL's Eighth Decade
8 Feb 2018


CRL's legacy of sustained, cooperative collection-building prepares it for confronting new challenges in its eighth decade. 

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. 

Sustaining Access to News: What We Learned from eDesiderata 2017
11 Nov 2017


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.

A Sea Change (6): On North American Cooperation
26 Sep 2017


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. 

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