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CLIR seeks program assessor for Digitizing Hidden Collections: Amplifying Unheard Voices

CLIR seeks proposals from research and assessment professionals or small teams with experience in conducting program evaluations in the nonprofit and/or higher education sectors to evaluate the implementation of an evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program in 2021-2022.

This assessment project is part of the recent renewal of the long-standing Digitizing Hidden Collections regranting program, funded through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The new iteration of the program is Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices; through it, CLIR seeks to fund a cohort of academic, independent, and community-based organizations in the United States and Canada to digitize now-unavailable or under-utilized collections with the potential to broaden the range of racial, ethnic, and cultural representation in digital libraries and archives.

The selected evaluator or team will utilize a variety of assessment methods to examine all areas of the redesigned program:

  • Implementation of the new program including the program’s presentation, marketing, and application guidelines;
  • Applicant support services and resources provided by CLIR staff; and,
  • Reviewer engagement practices.

The assessment report will make recommendations CLIR could implement in future iterations of the program. Additional details are available in the call for proposals.

Interested professionals should contact CLIR staff Joy Banks, program officer, and Christa Williford, senior director of research and assessment, at, for further details and instructions on how to prepare a proposal for consideration. We welcome candidates who can bring diverse professional and life experiences to the project, including those from minority racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds, immigrants, veterans, those with disabilities, and people with any sexual orientation or gender identity. The selected professional will begin work in spring 2021 and continue on an occasional, part-time basis through spring 2022.

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