Bernard F. Reilly

Bernard F. Reilly is president of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of university, college and independent research libraries, based in Chicago. CRL is the largest and most enduring collection development cooperative, with holdings of over 5 million volumes and growing digital resources covering all world regions. At CRL Reilly has led several major studies and projects focused on the preservation of born-digital evidence and documentation, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. They include:

  • Case Studies of Long-Lived Digital Collections (2008-2010)
  • Electronic Evidence and Human Rights (2009-2010)
  • Preserving News in the Digital Environment (2011)
Prior to his time at CRL Reilly was Director of Research and Access at the Chicago History Museum (1997-2001), with responsibility for library and archives departments, and for developing and administering the architecture, broadcast, and pictorial collections.

From 1987 to 1997 Reilly was Head of the Curatorial Section of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, where he directed curatorial and policy support for the Library’s visual collections and the early development of the National Digital Library.