As reported in August, CRL's Collections and Services Policy Committee (CSPC, a key standing body of CRL’s governance structure) activated a working group of the committee to advise, guide and implement CSPC strategies related to CRL’s international collections, services, programs and partnerships. CSPC recently finalized the appointments to this group and is pleased to announce the appointment of:
- Pamela Graham, Director, Humanities & Global Studies, Columbia University Libraries
- Esmeralda Kale, George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University
- Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Slavic Resources Coordinator, and Head, Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource, University of Toronto
- Jennifer Osorio, Head of the International and Area Studies Department, University of California, Los Angeles
- Mary Rader, Head, Arts, Humanities and Global Studies Engagement Team, University of Texas Austin
- Sharon Smith, Curator for Middle East and North Africa; Global South; History; and Religion, Arizona State University
- Emilie Songolo, Senior Librarian for African, Global and Francophone Studies and Social Sciences, University of Wisconsin
- Laurie N. Taylor, Senior Director for Library Technology and Digital Strategies, University of Florida
- Lidia Uziel, Associate University Librarian for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Brian Vivier, Coordinator, Area Studies Collections, and Chinese Studies Librarian, University of Pennsylvania
"This new International Collections and Content Group will be a powerhouse resource of expertise for the CSPC, and will dramatically enhance our ability to bolster CRL's strategic and pragmatic leadership in the sphere of international collections, at a time when it has become especially challenging," said CSPC Chair David Magier (AUL for Scholarly Collections and Research Services, Princeton University).
The CSPC issued a widespread call for nominations in August and received an overwhelming expression of interest in this group from across the CRL membership. In making its recommendations the committee sought a balance of representation across different subject area expertise, background and experience, leadership responsibilities, geographic spread, and institution type.
CRL's Director of Collections and Partnerships, James Simon, notes, "CRL's international collection programs and services are one of the distinguishing features of CRL as a platform for collection action. The International Collections and Content Group will play a vital role in the evolution of our programs in support of scholarship. I couldn't imagine a better group of individuals to help steer us forward."
The International Collections and Content Group is a standing working group reporting to CSPC and will play a substantive role in shaping, implementing, and maintaining CRL’s approaches to the development and responsible stewardship of international collections. The group will serve as an advisory group and planning team for efforts implemented by CRL to support collective action among research libraries to collect, steward, and promote diverse source materials to empower research and teaching.