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The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries collectively building, stewarding, and sharing a wealth of resource materials from all world regions to support inspired research and teaching. As a cooperative venture, CRL’s strategy, operations, partnerships, and projects are governed and directed by CRL’s Board of Directors, elected by members of the CRL Council of Voting Members.

The CRL Board of Directors is pleased to announce the new Global Collections Implementation Advisory Task Force. The Global Collections Implementation Task Force will actively engage CRL community stakeholders and gather membership feedback as we move forward with CRL’s reinvestment in its longstanding mission to collectively build, preserve, and share global collections at scale in service to scholarship. 

East View Information Services and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) have launched Soviet-Era Ukrainian Newspapers (SEUN), the sixth in-copyright collection of titles produced under the Global Press Archive (GPA) CRL Alliance, available now to all CRL member institutions.

East View Information Services and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) have launched the Daily Observer Digital Archive (DODA), the eighth Open Access collection produced under the Global Press Archive (GPA) CRL Alliance.

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is pleased to announce that Robert Van Rennes will join CRL’s growing licensing team as the new Licensing Librarian. Currently Associate Director of Library Initiatives at the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), Van Rennes comes to CRL with a wealth of experience in licensing.

East View Information Services and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) have launched Local and Independent Ukrainian Newspapers (LIUN), the fifth in-copyright collection of titles produced under the Global Press Archive (GPA) CRL Alliance, available now to all CRL member institutions.

On behalf of the CRL Board of Directors, we write with an update on the current initiative to strengthen CRL’s global programs.   

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is delighted to announce that Kevin Merriman, currently Director of Collection Management, Technical and Access Services, and Technology at the Marx Science and Social Science Library at Yale University, will join CRL in January 2024 as the Director of Global Collections. In this new senior leadership position, Merriman will work with the CRL Board of Directors, staff, and broad CRL community to renew and reinvigorate CRL's global collections activities. 

CRL is pleased to announce the following leadership for the new NERL Steering Committee and the NERL Program Council. The NERL community came together in 2022 to finalize its operational and governance structure as a cooperative program under the CRL organizational umbrella. Charges for the NERL Steering Committee and Program Council were developed by the NERL community and approved by the CRL Board in July 2023. The CRL Nominating Committee issued an open call this summer to secure initial leadership appointments to establish the NERL Steering Committee. 

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. 

TRAIL's Summer 2023 Newsletter

September 7, 2023

TRAIL (Technical Report Archive & Image Library) has released its Summer 2023 Newsletter.

After receiving a strong response to the 2023 call for service, the CRL Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following appointments to CRL committees. The Nominating Committee, in consultation with appointed group leaders, determined the new appointments with terms beginning in August. Many thanks to the 2022-23 Nominating Committee for their service: Adriene Lim (chair), University of Maryland; Janet Bishop, The Claremont Colleges Library; Diane Bruxvoort, University of North Texas; and Scott Walter, San Diego State University.

NERL seeks two senior leaders to serve as chair and vice chair on the new NERL Steering Committee. Senior leaders (deans, associate deans, AULs, or equivalent) from the core 30 NERL member libraries are eligible to serve. Nominations of colleagues and self-nominations are welcome. 

In 2023, the CRL community is convening, in consultation with the Educopia Institute, to weave CRL's global collections activities together into a holistic strategy that leverages CRL's unique community, scale, and infrastructure to build community-stewarded global collections in service to research, and scholarship. More information on this initiative and its timeline and deliverables can be found here. 

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries collectively building, stewarding, and sharing a wealth of resource materials from all world regions to support inspired research and teaching. As a cooperative venture, CRL’s strategy, operations, partnerships, and projects are guided by the members of our community serving in the CRL governance structure.

KBR, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique  

The Center for Research Libraries and East View Information Services are pleased to announce two new archives to be released through CRL’s alliance with the East View Global Press Archive. The complete archives of El Mundo (San Juan, Puerto Rico, est. 1919) and Daily Observer (Monrovia, Liberia, est. 1981) will be presented online in Open Access through cooperation with the publications’ rightsholders. 

On April 26-27, 2023, CRL held its 74th Annual Council of Voting Members Meeting. The meeting was CRL’s second hybrid gathering, with a welcome return of (limited) in-person attendance alongside virtual attendees.  Remarks from the Board Chair 

CRL Assessing Donations Policy

February 21, 2023

CRL collects materials directly through purchase, exchange, deposit, and born-digital ingest.

CIFNAL has allocated up to $10,000 for travel stipends for its members to attend the AIFBD conference in Brussels, Belgium in August 16-19, 2023.