The heart of our humanity is storytelling. It is fundamental to understanding our place in the world. It helps us navigate our lives and, at its best, describes aspects of our nature that would otherwise be fleeting and fragmented. Storytelling evolves with us, subject to our perceptions, culture, and individual experience. Our stories—the very good ones—breathe as we breathe, and sometimes expire. Often, they nurture new understanding, which eventually finds its home in a revelatory recounting. Little surprise, then, that controversies sometimes also attend particular stories.
In this audio Q&A, Williams discusses his groundbreaking archival discovery, the significance of Du Bois’ manuscript in shaping our understanding of American history, and the profound insights it offers into the ongoing struggle for civil rights and social justice in America.
This edition’s focus is on Charlotte Nunes, who served as a CLIR postdoctoral fellow between 2014 to 2016. Nunes was recently appointed as the Dean of Libraries at Lafayette College, having previously served as Interim Dean and Director of Digital Scholarship Services.
CLIR staff members traveled to Princeton University in March for our affiliate Code4Lib’s annual conference. It was exciting to see former CLIR postdoc supervisors, publications reviewers, and other colleagues in person at the three-day annual event for “technologists … who largely work for and with libraries, archives, and museums.” We joined in discussing topics like accessibility, representative metadata, and how JSTOR succeeded in “breaking into prison.”
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