Tools and Resources for Informed Collection Development

CRL supports informed investment in collections by libraries in its community, through a variety of tools, webinars, reviews, and forums, including 

Topic Guides

Topic guides provide insights on key source materials for research in areas of special interest to CRL libraries. They also offer an overview of the current "landscape" of issues related to collecting in those areas.

globalCollections Platform

globalCollections is an interactive space for sharing information and expertise about collections and data of interest to area and international studies, and for developing community consensus around creating digital access to those materials.

Global Resources Forums

CRL’s Global Resources Forums are usually held in conjunction with the annual Council of Voting Members meeting. They offer a venue for sharing ideas on the work of academic and independent research libraries, and an opportunity to help shape CRL's strategic agenda.


CRL's Print Archives Preservation Registry supports archiving and management of serial collections by providing comprehensive information about titles, holdings, and archiving terms and conditions of major print archiving programs. 


CRL's International Coalition on Newspapers database supports collection management decisions for newspapers in print, digital and microformats.