Strengthening CRL Global Collections

Overview

Global collections have long been at the core of CRL's mission. CRL is committed to the past, present, and future of international collections and collecting. Today, global collections at CRL constitute a disparate suite of hosted programs, activities, and collections that have evolved organically over decades. In 2023, the CRL community is convening, in consultation with the Educopia Institute, to weave these activities together into a holistic strategy that leverages CRL's unique community, scale, and infrastructure to build community-stewarded global collections in service of research, scholarship, and fostering a postcolonial knowledge commons. This foundational work will set the stage for continued community engagement throughout 2024, as our unique member community reinvests in and scales its global collections activities in service to research and scholarship.

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CRL will conduct this process, with facilitation from Educopia, from April through November 2023. The following outlines the process and timeline for conducting the four interation phases and the community convenings:

Phase 1: Discovery (April - June 2023)—Completed

The Educopia Institute conducted interviews and focus groups with stakeholders across the community to assess landscape changes and community needs.

Phase 2: Impact Model (June - September 2023)—Completed

A multistakeholder “sprint team” drawn from across the CRL community will convene to design an Impact Model for CRL Global Collections. This impact model will detail specific action items that, if taken, will provide specific pathways forward to align CRL resources with community aspirations. 

Phase Two Sprint Team Members: Lidia Uziel, University of California, Santa Barbara; Jennifer Osorio, University of California, Los Angeles; Angi Faiks, Macalester College; Zoë McLaughlin, Michigan State University; Laura Ring, University of Chicago; and Greg Eow and Felicia Owens of the Center for Research Libraries, as well as Educopia Institute facilitators, Katherine Kim and Jessica Meyerson. 

Phase 3: Sustainability Model (August - October 2023)—In Progress

A multistakeholder “sprint team” drawn from across the CRL community will convene to build a sustainability model for CRL global collections, informed by the Impact Model developed in Phase Two. 

Phase Three Sprint Team Members: Dale Correa, The University of Texas at Austin; Ellen Mueller, University of Michigan Library; Kristina Rose, New York University; Emilie Songolo, MIT Libraries; and Andrea Duntz and Felicia Owens of the Center for Research Libraries, as well as Educopia Institute facilitators, Katherine Kim and Jessica Meyerson. 

 

Contact

If you have any questions about this process, please contact CRL Director of Board and Member Relations Felicia Owens at fowens@crl.edu