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Number 146 / March-April 2022


CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance Release Study on Creating Access to HBCU Library Alliance Archives

A new report from CLIR and the HBCU Library Alliance explores the common barriers and shared visions for creating access to archival collections held by libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Chronicling nearly 300 years of the lived experiences and legacies of African Americans, these materials are vital to enriching our understanding of the achievements, influence, and global impact of African American people and communities. Many of these collections, however, remain inaccessible because of constraints in staffing, space, collections, equipment, and other resources.

Creating Access to HBCU Library Alliance Archives: Needs, Capacity, and Technical Planning is one of few reports that document the needs of HBCU libraries as they relate to archives and special collections. It is based on a series of online focus groups that author Sharon Ferguson Freeman facilitated with HBCU library directors and deans in 2021. The study provides insight into the significance of special and archival collections for HBCU librar­ies and their communities; the management and capacity of archives and special collections; and these libraries’ values, priorities, needs, and aspirations. The findings also reveal information related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HBCUs and broader topics of significance that were not anticipated when the project began. 

report coverThe collections described in the report encompass materials relating to organizational affiliations with churches, African American history, the civil rights movement, and institutional histories. Images from these collections are featured throughout the report. 

The desire for additional staff, adequate space, digitization of collections, and expansion of collections emerged as key priorities among the focus group participants. Participants also expressed the wish for an endowment to be used exclusively to support archives and special collections. 

“The collections within HBCU libraries, the stories they uncover, the voices that must be amplified are more important now than ever before,” said HBCU executive director Sandra Phoenix. Our partnership with CLIR aims to foster awareness and access to diverse historical records that shaped American history, thus informing dialog to promote the common good. This work is a critical step to ensuring the preservation and accessibility of the authentic voice of African American history in the United States. It is imperative that history accurately reflects and acknowledges the innumerable contributions of generations of African Americans to the economic, social, and cultural development of our nation.” 

The project grew out of a partnership formalized in 2019 between the HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR, and a 2020 Mellon Foundation grant for a study to inform a sustainable shared infrastructure for creating access to HBCU Library Alliance members’ archival collections.

“History is a dynamic inheritance, requiring diligent stewardship and rigorous assessment,” said CLIR president Charles Henry. “Our partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance and its archives seeks to assure that our national historical narrative is true, respectful, and multidimensional, to include voices that have been marginalized or suppressed, providing a more authentic understanding of our place and our selves.”

Creating Access to HBCU Library Alliance Archives: Needs, Capacity, and Technical Planning is available as a freely downloadable pdf at


Leading Change Institute 2022 Participants Named

Thirty individuals have been selected to participate in the 2022 Leading Change Institute (LCI), to be held in Washington DC July 10–15. Jointly sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE, LCI is designed for leaders in higher education, including CIOs, librarians, information technology professionals, and administrators, who want to work collaboratively to promote and initiate change on critical issues affecting the academy. These issues include new sources of competition, use of technology to support effective teaching and learning, distance learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, and the qualities necessary for leadership.

Participants will join deans Joanne Kossuth and Elliott Shore along with other thought leaders from the community in discussing approaches to these challenges, including ideas for collaboration, collective creativity, and innovation within and across departments, institutions, and local or regional boundaries; the conceptualization of blended positions and organizations; and the importance of community mentorship and advocacy.

This year, for the first time, a current CLIR staff member, Aliya Reich, will participate in the institute. Reich is CLIR’s program manager for conferences and events. “I am thrilled to represent CLIR at the 2022 Leading Change Institute,” she said. “LCI’s commitment to a collaborative, experimental approach to challenges in higher education and the GLAM sector is well aligned with CLIR’s priorities and my own work as our conference planner. I look forward to contributing my own experiences and learning from others at this year’s event.”

2022 Participants

Nancy Abashian, Senior Director of Public Services and Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA), Binghamton University

Devin Becker, Head, Data and Digital Services & Director, Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CD?L), University of Idaho Library

Elizabeth Brown, Department Chair, Instruction Coordinator, Central Washington University

Kirsten Clark, Director, University of Minnesota Libraries

Leighana Coe, Support Services Manager, Linn-Benton Community College

Hilary Davis, Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries

Kristen Dietiker, Chief Information Security Officer, Santa Clara University

Damecia Donahue, Librarian III/Strategic Foresight Librarian, Wayne State University

Uche Enwesi, Director, IT Systems Support and Facilities Management, Univ of Maryland

Emily Ferrier, Librarian, Economics, Entrepreneurship, STEM, Brown University

Joshua Finnell, Interim Associate University Librarian, Associate Professor in the Libraries, Colgate University

Shay Foley, Director of Metadata and Digital Strategies, Hamilton College

Travis Grandy, Associate Director, Learning Research & Technology, Smith College

Martha Horan, Head of Preservation Strategies, The University of Miami

Jennifer Hunter, Head of Firestone General Service Operations, Princeton University

Carrie Johnston, Digital Humanities Research Designer, Wake Forest University

Vickery Lebbin, Interim Associate University Librarian, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Ryan MacTaggart, Manager, Professional Learning, EDUCAUSE

Katie McCormick, Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University

Robert Morse, Senior Instructional Designer, Statewide Assessment, Ivy Tech Community College

Joy Novak, Head of Special Collections Management, Washington University in St. Louis

Kristi Park, Executive Director, Texas Digital Library

Leah Plocharczyk, Interim Director, Florida Atlantic University

Anguelina Popova, Associate Professor; Director, American University of Central Asia

Crystal Ramsay, Director (interim), Penn State

Gregory Reeve, Metadata and Identities Librarian, Brigham Young University

Aliya Reich, Program Manager for Conferences and Events, Council on Library and Information Resources

Philip Schreur, Associate University Librarian for Technical and Access Services, Stanford University

Jameson Watkins, Chief Information Officer, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

David Woodbury, Department Head, Learning Spaces & Services, NC State University Libraries

CLIR Awards $570,595 for Recordings at Risk

CLIR has awarded $570,595 to fund 20 Recordings at Risk projects. This ninth cohort of recipients will build on the work of the 127 previously funded projects, which have already digitally preserved nearly 38,000 at-risk audio and/or visual recordings.

Analog audiovisual materials are increasingly at risk because of their fragility, a lack of easily available playing equipment, and environmental threats. The grant recipients will digitize a variety of formats using state-of-the-art technologies with the help of qualified digitization service providers. The recordings document twentieth-century Native life in America, music history, labor and social justice activism, animal life, and the perspectives and creativity of people from California to Puerto Rico.

Cycle 9 awarded projects:

Organization: Blank Forms
Project: The Cecil Taylor Preservation Project: Digitizing the Personal Recordings of Cecil Taylor, Pioneering Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Artist, and Poet
Amount: $12,125

Organization: Boston City Archives
Project: Preserving Boston’s Voices: Digitizing the Boston 200 Community Oral History Collection
Amount: $39,155

Organization: Boston CSJ Archives
Project: Throw Open the Windows! Digitizing the Experiences of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston During the Era of Vatican II
Amount: $16,845

Organization: Boston Symphony Orchestra (The BSO)
Project: Preserving a Conducting Legacy: John Williams with the Boston Pops (1979 – 1991)
Amount: $14,025

Organization: Bowling Green State University
Project: Filk Collections at BGSU: Preserving 1980s Fan Culture and Community
Amount: $16,675

Organization: Catawba Nation
Project: Digitizing Catawba Voices
Amount: $36,570

Organization: Georgia State University Foundation
Project: Digitizing Southern Labor’s 20th and 21st Century Spoken Word
Amount: $23,945

Organization: GLBT Historical Society
Project: Preserving LGBTQ Voices: Digitizing Interviews Conducted by Mary Richards, Journalist for the Bay Area Reporter
Amount: $17,642

Organization: Incubadora Microempresa Bieke, Inc.
Project: Archivo Histórico de Vieques Digitization Project
Amount: $50,000

Organization: Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)
Project: Guerilla Television Meets Broadcast Journalism – Preserving the Early History of Intermedia Arts Minnesota
Amount: $12,495

Organization: National Geographic
Project: Crittercam Collection – Digitizing Animal Behavior Through Their Own Point of View
Amount: $24,360

Organization: New York University (NYU)
Project: Reframing 1970s-1980s NYC Through the Lens of Chinese Cable TV (CCTV): Preserving the Community-Produced Television Program
Amount: $27,215

Organization: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T)
Project: Digitizing the History of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, 1937 – 1979
Amount: $47,570

Organization: Piedmont University
Project: Preserving Southern Progressive History: Digitizing Original Recordings of Social Justice Author and Activist Lillian E. Smith’s Laurel Falls Camp for Girls and Other Recordings ca. 1940s-1950s
Amount: $26,278

Organization: San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ)
Project: SFJAZZ Historic Archive Digitization
Amount: $41,671

Organization: UC Santa Barbara Library
Project: Preserving America’s Radio Heritage: The Recordings of Variety Show Pioneer Rudy Vallée
Amount: $49,985

Organization: University of Idaho
Project: Unheard Voices: Digitizing the Oral Histories of Underrepresented Communities in Idaho
Amount: $17,321

Organization: University of Pittsburgh Library System
Project: Preserving the Experiences of African Americans and Immigrants Racing to Pittsburgh’s Steel Valley
Amount: $36,826

Organization: University of Tennessee
Project: A More Comprehensive Picture: Saving the Audiovisual Records of Congressional Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Papers of U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver and Ray Jenkins
Amount: $49,200

Organization: Willard Library
Project: Digitizing Oral Histories of Battle Creek
Amount: $10,692

Visit the program’s Funded Projects page for more information about individual projects and about the independent review panel which makes all funding recommendations for this program. 

Funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by CLIR, the Recordings at Risk program supports the preservation of rare and unique audio and/or visual recordings of high scholarly value. Since 2017, the program has awarded grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 to diverse organizations, providing necessary funds to save cultural memory that would otherwise be lost. This was the last cycle of funding under the current iteration of the program, and at this time, CLIR has no information to share about future funding. Those interested are encouraged to sign up for CLIR’s Grants + Programs Newsletter for updates.

DLF Working Groups Issue Resources on Access Systems, Digital Pedagogy

Two new resources are available from DLF working groups. The DLF Born-Digital Access Working Group’s (BDAWG) Visioning Access Systems (VAS) subgroup has released An Exploration of Ideal Access Systems. This framework on access systems for born-digital materials incorporates community input, and is intended to be a living document. Community members–particularly those who are actively using the framework in their professional work–are encouraged to provide feedback on, questions about, or comments regarding this document by using this Google form.

DLF’s Digital Library Pedagogy group has released the #DLFTeach Toolkit Volume 2. The toolkit aggregates lesson plans and pedagogical guidance for practitioners seeking disciplinary and interdisciplinary applications of 3D technologies (including Virtual and Augmented Reality) in classrooms, libraries, and other teaching contexts. Because the editorial team supports ethical use of these technologies, the Toolkit is based on a decolonial, anti-ableist, and feminist pedagogical framework for collaboratively developing and curating humanities content. Lesson plans are adaptable to a range of disciplines and address various stages of the 3D data life cycle and types of immersive media. The Toolkit aims to provide educators with the tools to navigate the complex process of adopting emerging 3D technologies while illustrating the possibilities for extending critical thinking using 3D/VR/AR. 

CFP Deadline for CLIR's 2022 Events is April 25

Less than two weeks remain to submit your proposal for our conferences happening in Baltimore, Maryland, this October: the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Forum and Learn@DLF; NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2022: Preserving Legacy; and CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium.

For all events, we welcome submissions from members and nonmembers alike. Students, practitioners, and others from any related field are invited to submit for one conference or multiple (though, different proposals for each, please).

Events will take place on the following dates:

Learn more about our events and session options on the DLF Blog.

The deadline for all opportunities is Monday, April 25, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

View the Calls for Proposals and submit:

If you have any questions, please write to us at If you’d like to know more about our Covid-19 Health Protocols, click here. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore this fall. Want to stay updated on all things #DLFforum? Subscribe to our Forum newsletter or follow us at @CLIRDLF on Twitter.

Briefly Noted

  • Material Memory podcast season three has launched! We hope you’ll join us on the HBCU Library Alliance Tour. In episode 1, host Sharon Burney interviews HBCU Library Alliance executive director Sandra Phoenix and former board chair Monika Rhue. Episode 2 features an interview with Erika Witt, interim circulation librarian, adjunct professor, and keeper of collections at Southern University at New Orleans. Stay tuned for a special episode April 13 where we talk with drummer Kofi Horne, who created the music for our season!
  • Two new positions have been added to the 2022 Community Data Fellowship opportunities. Virginia Tech University Libraries seeks applicants for its Community Data Fellow for Rematriation of Inuit Knowledges. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries seek applicants for its Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Data. Information on these and other available positions is available at
  • The full program is now available for the 2022 International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Conference and Showcase, taking place in-person June 6-8th in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Registration for both the conference and free showcase is open until May 6th. You can register for the events here:
  • The IIPC’s Archiving Conference (WAC) 2022, #WhyWebArchiving, will be hosted online by the Library of Congress and the IIPC. WAC will begin with a day of workshops on May 23, and continue with the conference from May 24-25. The event is free of charge, and registration will open soon. More information is available at

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