Last March the Center held a conference of historians from North American universities and scholarly associations. The purpose of the conference was to help us determine how we could better serve the scholarly community. A report on the conference proceedings follows.
With the completion of its annual audit, the final financial results for the Center for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2002 are now available. These results show that CRL realized an increase in unrestricted net assets of $256,000 for the year, well above the budgeted deficit. (CRL budgets a decline in unrestricted net assets to reflect the impact of the depreciations of the building and long-term assets, which are non-cash expenses and not supported by current year revenues.)
The 2003 meeting of the CRL Council of Voting Members has been set for Tuesday, April 22 at the Hotel Sofitel in Rosemont, Illinois, near O’Hare Airport. All CRL member directors and non-librarian councilors are invited to vote on the election of new Board members, approve the budget for the coming year, discuss the current state of CRL’s programs and organization, and attend a presentation on a topic of current relevance to scholarly communications. A cocktail reception at the hotel will precede the meeting
Last March the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) convened a two-day invitational “mini-conference” for academic historians. The conference was held to increase awareness of the wealth of primary source materials held by CRL; and to guide the Center’s administration and staff in promoting wider use of these materials by historians. The event afforded key historians who were unfamiliar or insufficiently familiar with CRL a first-hand, in-depth view of the Center’s programs and collections. Conversely, conference discussions yielded imparted
At the beginning of 2002, the Center received a two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to model and test a framework for the distributed, long-term retention of artifactual collections, using JSTOR journals as a test bed of materials.
At the beginning of 2002, the Center received a two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to model and test a framework for the distributed, long-term retention of artifactual collections, using JSTOR journals as a test bed of materials. The Mellon grant proposes to look at five critical areas essential to the development of a national print archival system: the economics of distributed, long-term retention of artifactual collections; the framework and logistical support necessary for such collections and
In July 2002 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded CRL a Preservation Assistance Grant. The grant supports the work of a consulting conservator to assess the Center’s 800,000-title foreign doctoral dissertations collection and prescribe and specify recommended preservation measures. The consultant will identify treatment options and preservation measure appropriate to the collection, which includes materials dating from the mid nineteenth century through
Four cataloging projects--the Foreign Doctoral Dissertations, Turkish, Russian popular journals and the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm—underscore the eclectic nature of CRL’s holdings and highlight how the Center is processing collections as a whole and responding to members’ feedback and evaluations.
OCLC record numbers are supplied as reference to more complete bibliographic information. The Center’s holding symbol (CRL) may not yet be attached to the record cited.
On November 8 – 10, CRL hosted the second triennial Aberdeen Woods Conference on cooperative collection development, entitled "The New Dynamics & Economics of Cooperative Collection Development.” Ninety-five participants gathered for the three-day event, representing a broad spectrum of universities, consortia, and vendors. The Conference program included: