Through carefully developed research plans GBL personnel continue to discover new information about the people of Indiana—continuing the work started by Black. From the pre-Columbian Angel Mounds site to 18th century Fort Ouiatenon, the work of the GBL centers on learning about the people of the past. As a part of Indiana University, the GBL teaches field schools, facilitates student and faculty research, and holds its vast collections in trust for current and future generations of scholars. Through its work the GBL celebrates the people of the past by communicating scholarly work to a variety of audiences. By participating in events at Angel Mounds, holding lectures and informal talks, and by working with P-16 educators the GBL strives to remember its past while always moving forward.
Announced in Fall 2019, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology will merge with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures to form the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.