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CLIR’s Mission in the Era of Climate Disruption

—Charles Henry Several months ago, I wrote a blog on two areas of emerging interest to CLIR: human rights and climate disruption. This post addresses the reasons for our focusing on climate disruption as a natural extension of CLIR’s decades-long mission to preserve and make accessible our cultural heritage. A Commitment to Preservation When...

CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance Form National Partnership

Collaboration will build awareness of African American contributions to history and culture by improving access to HBCUs’ unparalleled collections Arlington, VA, July 30, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the HBCU Library Alliance have entered into a long-term partnership that aims to position historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as centers...

DLF Review Update

Editor’s note: The following post was contributed by Joanne Kossuth, who is working with CLIR to review and assess the Digital Library Federation as the program approaches its 25th year. The review will conclude in early 2020. Kossuth is the founding director of 1Mountain Road and has served as dean of the CLIR/EDUCAUSE Leading...

Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR $1.2 Million Operating Grant

Contact: Kathlin Smith Washington, DC, June 26, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a 24-month, $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2019. The grant provides funds for core administrative and management staff that support the broad range of CLIR’s programmatic activity. “We...

CLIR Names 2019 Postdoctoral Fellows

CLIR welcomes 13 postdoctoral fellows as the sixteenth cohort in the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Fellows will work in data curation for African American and African Studies funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; in software and data curation for the sciences and social sciences supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and in digital...

Staying with the Trouble

I have just started reading Donna Haraway’s Staying with The Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Haraway uses the term “Chthulucene” to describe our current era: “Chthulucene is a simple word. It is a compound of two Greek roots (khthôn and kainos) that together name a kind of timeplace for learning to stay with the...

Pat Battin and Evocative Leadership

—By Charles Henry My first impression of Pat Battin: how extraordinary her writing. Elegant and candid, weaving apt metaphors and at times colloquial interjections that enlivened an otherwise formal expression, she was for me instantly persuasive. Working within an academic culture that valued sharp articulation but often succumbed to clausal pile-ons and obscure phrasing...

Nettles and Networks: New Ways to Tackle Wound Infections

By Erin Connelly Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious global challenge. Calls for new drug development have been issued by governing bodies and public health organizations around the world. Some historians and scientists believe that novel routes to antimicrobial discovery may be found in the medicinal plants used in premodern medicine. As a result,...

CLIR Invites Applications for Digitizing At-Risk Audio and Audiovisual Materials

Arlington, VA, May 1, 2019–The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications from collecting institutions for the digital reformatting of audio and audiovisual materials through the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitizing “at-risk” recorded content of...

CLIR Awards $573,416 for Recordings at Risk

Arlington, VA, April 30, 2019–The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 20 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants: Institution: Alaska Library Network Project: Preserving At-Risk Audio, Video, and Film Related to Public Health in Alaska and the Circumpolar North Amount: $19,002 Institution: Arizona State University Foundation...