2019 Council of Voting Members Meeting

Event Logistics

Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon Central Time
Downtown Chicago, University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
CRL Events - events@crl.edu

Registration is closed for this event.

In accordance with its Bylaws, CRL holds an annual meeting of its 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. CRL’s president will report on the state of the organization and the outlook for its future, as CRL begins its eighth decade and transitions to new leadership.   

The 2019 Council Meeting will be held in downtown Chicago on Thursday, May 23, and will be followed by a Global Resources Forum, a community conversation on the recent SSRC report To Secure Knowledge, on how "the infrastructure supporting the social sciences is shifting in ways that threaten to undercut research and knowledge production." The forum is a key opportunity for representatives of CRL libraries to help shape CRL's programs and strategic agenda. 

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 a.m. to Noon)

Chair's Report         

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

CRL FY 2018 Annual Report

Secretary's Report  

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

Council Minutes 2018 (Draft) (CRL Members Only)

Treasurer's Report

Xuemao Wang, Treasurer, CRL Board of Directors and Dean and University Librarian, University of Cincinnati

Proposed CRL Budget for FY20 (CRL Members Only)

  • Review of FY 2017 financial results and Fy 2018 finances to date
  • Review and vote on proposed FY 2019 budget

President's Report: CRL at the Close of its Seventh Decade

Bernard F. Reilly, CRL President


Announcement of 2019 Primary Source Awards

Martha Hruska, CRL Board of Directors; Chair, Collection and Services Policy Committee; and Associate University Librarian, University of California, San Diego

Nominating Committee Report and Election of Board Members

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

Nominating Committee to Council Report

Closing Remarks: Recognition of Outgoing CRL President Reilly and Incoming President Eow

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


Lunch (Noon)

Lunch will be provided to all Council Meeting attendees immediately following the meeting, prior to the Collections Forum (which begins at 1:30 p.m.)


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

Area Guide

CRL has prepared a Meeting Area Guide.

Tour of CRL

On Wednesday May 22 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. CRL will offer a collections and facilities tour. Transportation on your own to our location in Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side. RSVP by emailing events@crl.edu, with the subject line “CRL tour”.

Join us in Chicago!

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.