This issue of Focus reports on the outcomes of “The Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries: A Forum on the Future,” held at Duke University in December 2012. The event brought together librarians, faculty, university administrators, and representatives of scholarly societies and associations to explore the perceived problem of decreasing acquisition of foreign language materials by US research libraries and the potential impact on scholarship, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, in light of the trend toward “globalization” at US universities.
“The Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries” forum took place at Duke University in December 2012. This article summarizes some of the key points of consensus at the Duke Global Forum, and opinions and reactions from attendees of the subsequent forums.
Some key points of consensus that emerged at the December 2012 Global Dimensions Forum suggested measures CRL and its constituent libraries might take to strengthen library support for area and international studies.
Gibert W. Merkx, International Studies in the U.S.: an Overview: the political-historical conditions that led to the rise and success of the U.S. Title VI interdisciplinary centers, and the case for continued support of the area, international, and foreign language (AIFL) studies model.