2018 Council of Voting Members Meeting

Event Logistics

Thursday, May 17, 2018
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Central Time
Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago
CRL Events - events@crl.edu

Registration is closed for this event.

In accordance with its Bylaws, CRL holds an annual Council of Voting Members "for the transaction of such business as may come before the meeting.” This is the main CRL governance event, at which representatives of CRL voting member libraries consider and discuss new and ongoing CRL initiatives, elect new Board members, and vote on the annual budget for the coming fiscal year. The 2018 Council Meeting will be held in Chicago on May 17.

Live online streaming is also available for designated representatives of voting member libraries. See the online access option on the registration form.

Registration and continental breakfast 8:30-9:00 a.m.


Business Meeting   9:00-10:00 a.m. Central Time

Chair's Report         

Virginia Steel, Chair, CRL Board of Directors and University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles

CRL FY 2017 Annual Report

Secretary's Report  

Bradley Schaffner, Secretary, CRL Board of Directors and College Librarian and Senior Lecturer, Carleton College

Council Minutes 2017 (Draft) (CRL Members Only)

Treasurer's Report  

Xuemao Wang, Treasurer, CRL Board of Directors and Dean and University Librarian, University of Cincinnati
  • Review of FY 2017 financial results and Fy 2018 finances to date
  • Review and vote on proposed FY 2019 budget

Proposed CRL Budget for FY19 (CRL Members Only)

Nominating Committee Report and Election of Board Members

Nominating Committee Report (CRL Members Only)

President's Report: General Outlook and Imperatives 

Bernard F. Reilly, CRL President

Moderated Discussion of CRL Eighth Decade Strategies   10:00 a.m. to Noon Central Time

CRL's Board of Directors invites member library input on two potential strategies for CRL's next decade that emerged from recent planning by the Board and CRL management: 
  1. Integrating CRL print in a North American shared collections network;
  2. Aggressive investment in open access and shared digital resources;

The moderated discussion will be an opportunity for representatives of CRL libraries to share with the Board and other CRL library directors their views on these strategies, and to air their own thoughts on CRL’s future. Background information and the rationale for each strategy are provided on CRL's Common Knowledge blog, linked above. 

The points of consensus from the moderated discussion are summarized in a post CRL's Common Knowledge blog, CRL's Eighth Decade: A Community Perspective.


Lunch and Collections Forum

Lunch will be provided to all Council Meeting attendees immediately following the meeting.

CRL will also hold a Global Resources Collections Forum the afternoon of Thursday, May 17 through Friday, May 18.The focus of the 2018 Forum will be "the new global resources supply chain," and the challenges of ensuring the survival and accessibility of digital primary sources for humanities and social science research. These discussions will inform members of CRL’s effort to apply its successful shared collection development model to cooperative investment in digital resources, with a particular focus on news, government, geospatial, and population data.

Meeting Location

Downtown Chicago: University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive


CRL has arranged for special rates at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive.

The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

Vietnamese Newspapers Essential for Berkeley Dissertation

UC Berkeley graduate student uses CRL’s extensive collection of South Vietnamese newspapers for his dissertation on the social history of the interregnum period, 1963-1967..

Helping Libraries Deal with ‘Big’ Data

At CRL’s 2018 Global Collections Forum, Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Head of Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections at Stanford University Libraries, discussed how satellite imagery and large geospatial datasets are being used as source materials for scholars in a variety of disciplines, and the new types of library support they require.