Detailed Agenda

As library economics and scholarly practices change, librarians must make consequential decisions about print serial collections, decisions that will determine what scholarly resources are available to future researchers. Longstanding assumptions about the survival and continued accessibility of print journals, newspapers, and government publications no longer apply, and decisions are being made on the basis of scant data. @Risk will explore the meaning of due diligence in this new environment, and consider new ways to protect and leverage the historic investment in collections made by North American libraries.

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Session 1: Due Diligence and its Challenges Today

Thursday, April 14 1:00- 5:00 p.m.
Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

Registration 12:45-1:00 p.m.

Session 1 will explore the inherent risks to the "collective North American collection."  Attendees and thought leaders will also reflect on the obligations of library stewardship for  current and future constituents. 

1:00 p.m.  Welcome and Program Introduction
Bernard F. Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries



1:15 p.m.  Keynote: Due Diligence and Stewardship in a Time of Change and Uncertainty
Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R, and former Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress.


1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: The University and the Demands of Stewardship
The directors of three major public and private university research libraries comment and reflect on the ideas and issues raised in the keynote.

  • Gwen Bird, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Simon Fraser University
  • Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication, Yale University, and CRL Board of Directors
  • Virginia Steel, University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles, and CRL Board of Directors


2:30 p.m.  Break

2:45-5:00 p.m.  Presentations: How Can We Better Leverage the Infrastructure We Have?
This session will explore the roles major stakeholders in our field can play in covering the preservation waterfront and preventing the loss of important content.

  • 2:45 p.m. The Politics and Challenges of Sharing: the "Library of Record" in the Age of Collaboration

Denise Hibay, Susan and Douglas Dillon Head of Collection Development, New York Public Library. 

Over the years certain long-established research libraries have created comprehensive and curated collections of serials for their own scholarly communities, and made substantial bricks and mortar investments in buildings and storage facilities for those collections. What factors affect those libraries’ decisions on maintaining and sharing the benefits of those investments today, and how are those factors changing?


  • 3:15 p.m. Electronic Access and the “Collective Collection”

Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust

Over the past twenty years libraries have digitized their collections to enable access, and also have factored digital access into their print management strategies.  This presentation will consider the following questions: Should future coordinated print management drive future digitization agendas, and if so how?  What are our community digitization strategies today and can they be aligned?  How can CRL and HathiTrust engage to help shape and enact these strategies?


  • 3:45 p.m. Due Diligence and Library Print: a Scholar's Perspective 

James O'Donnell, University Librarian, Arizona State University, and Chair, Board of Directors, American Council of Learned Societies

Scholar, former provost, and now university librarian James O'Donnell speaks about the futures of the library print collection (onsite, offsite, shared, on-demand, and special), and about the expectations of university administration and faculty for library stewardship and due diligence.


  • 4:30 p.m.   Observations and Questions for Tomorrow’s Charrette

Bernard Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries


5:00-7:00 p.m. Reception

Attendees are invited to join us for a reception in the Gleacher Center, immediately following Session I.

Session 2:  Charrette--How Can Key Sectors Contribute to the Safety Net?

Friday, April 15 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon (Continental breakfast 8:30-9:00 a.m.)
Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

In a series of open discussions with representatives of key stakeholder sectors, attendees will explore how the universe of print serials collections preserved and accessible to CRL libraries might be enlarged.  ​

Major Academic and Independent Research Libraries

How can we better leverage the historical investment in collections made by these libraries for the benefit of their own constituencies? How can we support greater sharing of these collections?

Presenters: David Magier, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, Princeton University Library, and Mary Miller, Director of Collection Management and Preservation, University of Minnesota Libraries. Moderator: Martha Hruska, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services.


Shared Print Repositories 

How might major investments in shared print management, like ReCAP, be leveraged for the benefit of the larger community? What are the prospects for further sharing of shared print collections?

Presenters: Jacob Nadal, Executive Director, Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP); Mark Jacobs, Executive Director, Washington Research Library Consortium. Moderator: Denise Hibay, Susan and Douglas Dillon Head of Collection Development, New York Public Library.


Trusted Digital Repositories
How can we leverage the investments made chiefly by research libraries in digital preservation repositories like CLOCKSS and Portico?  The serial title holdings of those repositories are a significant factor in library decisions on print holdings.  Directors of those repositories will speculate on how they might cover more of the waterfront, and how they could provide greater assurance for university faculty and administration about libraries going fully digital. 

Presenters: Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S + R; Craig Van Dyck, Executive Director, CLOCKSS. Moderator: Karla Strieb, Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communication, the Ohio State University.


Publishers and Aggregators
To ensure the long-term integrity and accessibility of the vast serials corpus, libraries will have to rely on preservation in less-than-optimal formats. To what extent can we rely on the microform vaults of publishers like ProQuest, Gale, and others as last copies?
Presenters: Ray Bankoski, Vice President, Electronic Asset Management, Cengage Learning, and Susan Bokern, Vice President for Information Solutions, ProQuest. Moderator: Bernard Reilly, CRL.


12:00 noon  Lunch on your own

Session 3:  Building a Bigger, Better CRL Safety Net for the CRL Library Community

Friday, April 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

1:30-2:15 p.m. Blueprinting the Action Agenda for CRL 2017-2020
Moderated discussion will identify concrete measures CRL can take to expand the universe of print serials collections preserved, and accessible to CRL libraries. 

2:15-3:00 p.m. Framing the Accompanying Narrative
Moderated discussion will articulate the principles upon which libraries can base defensible decisions on maintaining, merging and/or reducing print serial holdings, as a matter of consensus among research libraries.

3:30-5:30 p.m. Tour of the Center for Research Libraries

Limited spaces, separate registration required. Bus will depart from the Gleacher Center at 3:30 p.m. and return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at or before 5:30 p.m. Please contact with any questions.


This CRL Global Resources Collections Forum is supported in part by a generous grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. CRL also acknowledges support of ongoing exploration of issues related to print and digital archiving by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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