Community Review and Comment: CRL Global Collections Sustainability Model

Monday, October 2, 2023
Felicia Owens -

In 2023, the CRL community has convened to weave together CRL's global collections activities into a holistic program that leverages CRL's unique scale to build community-stewarded global collections in service to CRL members and the research enterprise they support. More information on this initiative and its timeline and deliverables can be found here

On September 28, CRL hosted the second community-wide convening of CRL’s process to strengthen and reinvest in global collections. Sprint team members from the Impact and Sustainability phases shared recent accomplishments, reviewed the final Impact Model, and introduced the proposed Sustainability Model. The sustainability model comprehensively addresses mission alignment, fiscal management, and governance for CRL global collections.  

The convening recording and presentation slides are now available and provide a comprehensive overview of the sustainability model. We invite the community to review the presentation and submit additional feedback or questions on the sustainability model by EOD Monday, October 9. 

Community Review/Feedback Form: Sustainability Model 

Following this community review period, feedback will inform a final recommendation to be shared with the CRL Board of Directors for consideration and vote at their next meeting in October 2023.  

This community review period is shared on behalf of Sustainability Sprint Team Members, which include: Dale Correa, The University of Texas at Austin; Ellen Mueller, University of Michigan; Kristina Rose, New York University; Émilie Songolo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Andrea Duntz and Felicia Owens of the Center for Research Libraries, as well as Educopia Institute facilitators Katherine Kim and Jessica Meyerson. 

For the latest news on this process, see the Strengthening CRL Global Collections (2023) information page. 

For any questions, please contact Felicia Owens, CRL Director of Board and Member Relations, at  

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