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.
Business Meeting 9:00-10:00 a.m. Central Time
- Review of FY 2017 financial results and Fy 2018 finances to date
- Review and vote on proposed FY 2019 budget
Nominating Committee Report and Election of Board Members
President's Report: General Outlook and Imperatives
Moderated Discussion on 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:
- Integrating CRL print in a North American shared collections network;
- Aggressive investment in open access and shared digital resources;
The moderated discusion 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.
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.
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. Reservations can be made online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/2018CenterResearchLibraries
Or call Central Reservations at 1-888-421-1442, referring to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the dates of stay, and the “Center Research Libraries 2018 Meeting.” Reservations must be received on or before April 20, 2018.