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Jan-March 2024

Gaza's Cultural Heritage and the Ruin of War

By Charles Henry, president

News From the Digital Library Federation

In this edition of the DLF Dive, we bring you a snapshot of the latest happenings and noteworthy initiatives within our vibrant community.  From community voting opportunties to exciting virtual and in-person events, the Digital Library Federation is buzzing with activity.

  • Community voting for the in-person DLF Forum at Michigan State University (July 29-31) is now open through March 17. Explore submitted proposals and vote for your favorites.
  • Virtual DLF Forum, October 22-23, 2024.
  • Photos from 2023 events in St. Louis, Missouri
  • New Working Group publication
  • The March DLF Digest
  • Learn about the Forum Feedback Series

Tracking The Accomplishments of CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows

This edition of “CLIR Postdocs: Where Are They Now?” we spotlight Rachel Deblinger, currently serving as the Director of the Modern Endangered Archives Program at the UCLA Library. This Arcadia-funded project supports researchers and cultural heritage organizations in digitizing and making at-risk materials accessible worldwide.

Preserving Knowledge in the Face of Ruin: A Librarian's Perspective on Protecting Cultural Heritage During Conflict

In early December, Laila Hussein Moustafa, an associate professor and librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences, authored a thought-provoking article in the Los Angeles Times. She called attention to the sad devastation of Gaza City’s major public library in her poem. The larger worry of libraries being targets during times of war and strife was also covered in Moustafa’s article.

We discuss the cultural relevance of libraries beyond the loss of books in our audio Q&A with Professor Moustafa, as well as how the destruction of libraries affects the identity and collective memory of communities living in conflict zones. We look at methods for preserving information in libraries during emergencies and talk about how these initiatives might help shattered communities retain their sense of identity and continuity.

by Erin O'Donnell and Christa Williford

In December 2023, CLIR postdoctoral fellows shared progress on their inquiry group projects, a longstanding fellowship tradition. This collaborative learning opportunity allows fellows to refine research and project management skills while collectively working on a project. 

Check out news and updates about the important work our affiliates are doing.

S1:Ep3 – Multifaceted Chicana

In the third episode of FYR’s first season, guest scholar Dr. Lea Hernandez (University of Utah) shares how she came to her dazzling work at the intersections of media representation, gendered and racial violence, and reproductive issues.

S1:Ep. 4 – Professor of Panic

AI revolution, climate crisis, sixth extinction, novel chemical crisis . . . Exhausted and overwhelmed by world news, we ask Ira Allen, rhetorician and professor at Northern Arizona University, for permission to panic, and he thoughtfully obliges. Allen then shares tools for managing the polycrisis together—not in order to create the technocratic utopia, but to humanize the process of cleaning up the mess we have created.

Recordings at Risk Accepting Applications until April 17

Recordings at Risk focuses on supporting the work of collecting organizations to digitally preserving “at-risk” recorded content of significant importance to researchers and the general public. Grant awards range between $10,000 and $50,000 for digital reformatting projects scheduled between September 1, 2024, and August 31, 2025.

Have RAR questions? Join us for a virtual Applicant Question and Answer Session on March 6, 2024, 2:00 pm EST. Register Today!

Friends let friends know about the job board! How can you help a friend or colleague in their GLAM job search? Send them to the CLIR and DLF job board to find the latest jobs in the field. Then, help them celebrate when they land that new role!

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