2018 Council of Voting Members Meeting

Event Logistics

Thursday, May 17, 2018
9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon Central Time
Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago
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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.

This year's discussion will focus on how CRL should adapt its print collection priorities to reflect budget realities, exploit the other U.S. and Canadian shared print initiatives, and adapt its digital services to support the emerging needs of member libraries. Proposed priorities will involve:

  • Linking further development of CRL serial holdings to the other cooperative print initiatives of member libraries;
  • Tying CRL digitization and collecting more closely to researcher and member library interests;
  • Supporting member library efforts to provide researchers access to global data.

Further details about these initiatives and their budget implications will be shared with member libraries in advance of the business meeting. 

The meeting will be followed by 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

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


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.

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