On our new PLOS publishing agreement, leadership updates, and more
On our new PLOS publishing agreement, leadership updates, and more

Recent News

Introducing New Suns

In August, CRL launched its own digital publication spotlighting transformative perspectives on the relationships between technology, data, and community. Leading the series is "Cultivating Archive Glow: Relationships, Justice, and Sustainability," a conversation with UCLA digital collection development librarian T-Kay Sangwand. New Suns takes its name from an unpublished epigram by science fiction writer Octavia Butler: There's nothing new / under the sun, / but there are new suns. “By documenting and amplifying diverse experiences, New Suns will strengthen our ability to cultivate equity among the communities we serve,” says Thomas Padilla, CRL’s Senior Director of Collections, Technology, and Partnerships. “Our work is filled with challenges and it is essential that we maintain our ability to learn—broadly, with intention and imagination.”

CRL announces new leadership for collections, technology, & partnerships

Join us in welcoming Samantha Abrams (Head of Collections) and Thomas Padilla (Senior Director of Collections, Technology, and Partnerships) into their new roles! Read more here

CRL board chair to retire from Duke University in 2022

Deborah Jakubs plans to retire as Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University next May. Duke Today outlined Jakubs's four decades of accomplishments at the university in a recent article. The CRL community extends our well-wishes and thanks to Jakubs as she prepares for her new chapter!

CRL and NERL members sign publishing agreement with PLOS

On Oct. 27, the Public Library of Science (PLOS) announced a three-year partnership with CRL and NERL that grants unlimited publishing privileges to members. The new agreement makes it possible for researchers at affiliated institutions to publish in PLOS journals without incurring article publishing charges. “CRL and NERL are thrilled to partner with PLOS to find innovative models between research libraries and nonprofit publishers to make scholarly publishing and research open and equitable for the benefit of all,” says Thomas Padilla, senior director of collections, technology, and partnerships at CRL. 

NERL and CRL sign agreement with MIT Press's Direct to Open initative

In August, NERL and CRL signed onto a three-year agreement with MIT Press's Direct to Open (D2O), which opens the Press's complete 2022 catalog to NERL and CRL member institutions. “The D2O initiative seeks to make books open access in a manner that aligns with NERL’s values of transparency, sustainability, equity, reproducibility, and flexibility," says NERL director Christine Stamison.

Asian Scientific Journal Digitizing Project featured in the Linda Hall Hedgehog

Linda Hall Library showcased the fruits of an ongoing collaboration with CRL in the Fall 2021 issue of its biannual journal (p. 22–24). Together, CRL and Linda Hall are digitizing thousands of rarely held scientific journals from around the world, starting with some 125,000 pages of material from Latin America. CRL and Linda Hall are working to digitize another 125,000 pages through the end of the year, this time of lesser known journals from Asia and the Pacific Islands.  

Insights from the New Shape of Sharing online forum

CRL organized a forum from January to April 2021 to discuss key issues facing European collections. The subsequent report, published in September, lays out key issues facing European collections based on insights from scholars, librarians, and book trade professionals in North America and Europe. (Photo: Florence in Lockdown, Spring 2020; credit Andrea Ferro)

CRL participating in CCH Collab Summit

In 2020, California Digital Library, CRL, and HathiTrust joined forces in a shared print collaboration. This summit, scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2, culminates nearly two years of consultation and public webinars about embedding shared print into the collection cycle. You can read the agenda here and register for one of two post-seminar debriefs over Zoom: January 12 at 2 p.m. ET or January 24 at 11 a.m. ET.

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Join our team!

CRL is fielding applications for several exciting positions this month: We're hiring a Collections Assistant (application due 11/5), an Open Knowledge Licensing Coordinator (due 11/5), an End User and Network Systems Support Specialist (due 11/5), and a NERL Program Manager (due 11/30), with more positions to come. How to apply and more info here!


Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) Annual Meeting

Held Nov. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. CT via Zoom. Contact Samantha Abrams at sabrams@crl.edu to register.

Collections as Data: Cohort 2 Summative Forum

Held Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT via Zoom. Register here; contact Thomas Padilla at tpadilla@crl.edu with queries.

Save the date: CRL 2022 Annual Meeting, "Diversity as Knowledge"

Our annual meeting has been set for Apr. 20 to 22! We'll explore how centering diversity, equity, and inclusion enriches knowledge production. Agenda, registration link, and speakers to follow. 

                                     Questions? Contact Andrea Duntz at aduntz@crl.edu

Is your institution utilizing CRL resources in a creative way? Tell us about it! 

Contact Hannah Edgar, CRL communications content coordinator, at hedgar@crl.edu

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