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CLIR Issues 122

CLIR Issues


Number 122 • March/April 2018
ISSN 1944-7639 (online version)


CLIR Awards $509,488 for Recordings at Risk
New Grant Supports Next Phase of Digital Library of the Middle East
Announcing DLF Forum and NDSA DigiPres Keynote Speakers
Sebastian Galbo Receives 2018 Rovelstad Scholarship
Forthcoming: The Future of Email Archives
Final Call! Proposals for DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, DigiPres 2018
Register Now for 2018 IIIF Conference in Washington, DC
2016–2017 Annual Report Now Available


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CLIR Awards $509,488 for Recordings at Risk

Sixteen institutions have been selected to receive CLIR Recordings at Risk grants in the program’s third grant cycle. Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program that supports the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value.

Institution: African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Project: Preserving the Black Panther Party and Social Protest Films from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection
Amount: $19,590

Institution: The Bancroft Library
Project: Global Influence: Preserving Moving Images from Environmental Movements in the West, 1920-2000
Amount: $46,039

Institution: Barnard Archives in partnership with the Barnard Center for Research on Women
Project: Preserving the Audio Recordings of The Scholar and Feminist Conference
Amount: $24,349

Institution: Bryant Library
Project: Everyday Voices: Preserving the Bryant Library Oral History Collection
Amount: $12,728

Institution: Columbia University Libraries
Project: Bob Fass Radio Broadcasts from the 1960s and 1970s
Amount: $49,931

Institution: Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting (FELPB)
Project: Saving French in Louisiana: Preserving LPB’s En Français Series
Amount: $12,655

Institution: Franklin Furnace
Project: Preserving Rare Recordings of Performance Art in the Franklin Furnace Video Collection
Amount: $27,396

Institution: Iowa State University Library
Project: Activist Farmers on Film: Preserving the Recordings of the National Farmers Organization
Amount: $49,800

Institution: National Public Radio
Project: Fuente de Diversas Voces y Perspectivas: Preserving and Providing Access to “Enfoque Nacional,” National Public Radio’s First Spanish-Language News Program
Amount: $36,490

Institution: University of California, Davis
Project: Red Power and Higher Education: Preserving the Audiovisual Record of the American Indian Movement for Education and Empowerment
Amount: $11,340

Institution: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Project: Preserving the Harvey B. Gantt 1996 Senate Campaign Recordings
Amount: $18,740

Institution: University of Oklahoma Libraries
Preserving Native Voices from the Airwaves: Digitizing the Indians for Indians Hour Radio Program Recordings, 1942-1976

Institution: University of Virginia Library
Project: Aluminum Instantaneous Discs from the Virginia Folklore Society, 1932-1940
Amount: $15,313

Institution: University of Washington
Project: Lesbian Feminist Broadcast Tapes
Amount: $39,204

Institution: Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Wartburg College
Project: Digitization of WHO Radio Discs, 1938-1961
Amount: $47,440

Institution: Wesleyan University
Project: Hudson River Festivals
Amount: $48,573

More detail on this year’s funded projects can be found at:

Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk will award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and April 2019.

CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle on May 1, 2018, at The CLIR grants team will host an introductory webinar for potential applicants on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm Eastern Time.

New Grant Supports Next Phase of Digital Library of the Middle East

As the spectacular Qatar National Library (QNL) celebrated its grand opening last week, work continued to lay the foundations for a Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). A $1.2 million grant to CLIR from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announced earlier this month, supports the creation of a sustainable technical platform and set of curatorial processes to federate records relating to the cultural heritage of the Middle East. CLIR and DLF are working with technical partners at Stanford University and content providers worldwide to build on the DLME prototype released in January and create processes to extend the DLME.

The DLME is envisioned as a non-proprietary, multilingual library of digital objects providing greater security for, preservation of, and access to digital surrogates of cultural heritage materials. The platform will be portable and reusable for any future digital library project, encouraging a global coherence of access to and preservation of the cultural record. The project will draw on best practices from other digital library projects to support cost-effective and reproducible curatorial workflows for identifying, selecting, and federating digital assets that represent both cultural materials under threat and objects housed in libraries and museums beyond conflict zones.

While in Doha for the QNL opening, project co-PIs Charles Henry and Bethany Nowviskie, project director Peter Herdrich, and curatorial lead Elizabeth Waraksa met with leadership, technical, and curatorial staff from QNL—a key regional partner in the DLME—to offer updates on the project, solicit feedback, and agree on paths forward for the partnership. CLIR and DLF also co-hosted, with QNL, a reception for international librarians attending the grand opening, including representatives of potential and interested DLME institutional partners.

The project is now seeking to hire a data manager and project coordinator based at Stanford Libraries. CLIR and Stanford expect to launch the platform in 2020.

For more information on the DLME, visit

Announcing DLF Forum and NDSA DigiPres Keynote Speakers



Anasuya Sengupata, co-director and co-founder of Whose Knowledge?, will open the 2018 DLF Forum with a talk titled, “Decolonizing Knowledge, Decolonizing the Internet: An Agenda for Collective Action.” Sengupta has led initiatives in India and the United States, across the global South, and internationally for over 20 years, to amplify marginalized voices in virtual and physical worlds. She is the former Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation and a Shuttleworth Fellow.


Snowden CISnowden Becker, lecturer and manager of the graduate degree program in audiovisual archiving and preservation in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, will open Digital Preservation 2018 with a talk titled, “To See Ourselves as Others See Us: On Archives, Visibility, and Value.” Becker’s research interests focus on how audiovisual materials are integrated into, accessed, and preserved as part of our larger cultural heritage.

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Sebastian Galbo Receives 2018 Rovelstad Scholarship

Sebastian CISebastian Galbo, a master’s student in library and information science at SUNY Buffalo where he is concentrating on international librarianship and digital archives, was selected to receive this year’s Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Niagara University, Galbo received a master’s in liberal studies from Dartmouth College. Currently, he serves as co-editor for the NYU School of Medicine’s Literature, Arts and Medicine Database (LitMed).

“Today, the critical importance of international librarianship is emphasizing that libraries, no matter their location, cannot thrive as isolated enterprises, but as integrated community assets whose success has far-reaching social implications,” said Galbo. “Through collaborative solidarity, libraries around the world can therefore continue to contribute to building sustainable communities that offer equitable, reliable, and safe access to information.”

The Rovelstad Scholarship provides travel funds for a student of library and information science to attend the annual meeting of the World Library and Information Congress, which takes place this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 24-30.

Forthcoming: The Future of Email Archives

This summer, CLIR will publish The Future of Email Archives: A Report from the Task Force on Technical Approaches to Email Archives. The charge of the task force, formed in November 2016 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Digital Preservation Coalition, was to construct a working agenda for the community. The report articulates a conceptual and technical framework for email archiving, suggests how existing tools fit within the framework, and begins to identify next steps.

Final Call! Proposals for DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, Digital Preservation 2018

May 7 is the deadline to submit proposals for the 2018 DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and Digital Preservation 2018. Information on proposal submissions to the Forum and allied meetings is available here.

The Forum will be held Oct. 15–17, just outside Las Vegas. Preceding the Forum on Oct. 14 will be the first-ever Learn@DLF, a day for learning through workshops. The National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s annual conference, Digital Preservation 2018, will follow the Forum on Oct. 17-18.

Register Now for 2018 IIIF Conference in Washington DC

Registration is open for the 2018 International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Conference May 21-25 in Washington, DC. The conference is cohosted by the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, and Folger Shakespeare Library.

IIIF provides an open framework for organizations to publish their image-based resources, to be viewed, cited, annotated, and compared by any compatible image-viewing application. Staff from cultural heritage and STEM institutions will benefit from the conference, as will repository and collection managers, software engineers, or anyone engaged with image-based resources on the Web. (IIIF will also soon support interoperability for audiovisual materials.)

Conference attendees will learn how to adopt IIIF at their institutions and how to leverage open source software to get more out of their image and video collections, hear use cases and best practices from IIIF adopters, and see the latest developments in the community including IIIF A/V.

2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available

See highlights from CLIR’s fiscal year July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 in our just-released annual report.

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