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Information: Easing our Burdens

—By Sohair Wastawy In my social and physical isolation my mind has been wandering to a time when I was 13 years old, in Egypt. Then, we had to shelter in place for a totally different reason: a war. It wasn’t only a military battle but also a psychological war of the first order,...

An Open Knowledge Rapid Response to COVID-19: An interview with Micah Vandegrift at the NC State University Libraries

In this post, CLIR Director of Global Strategic Initiatives Nicole Ferraiolo interviews Micah Vandegrift, of North Carolina State University Libraries.   What do you do professionally? I’m the open knowledge librarian at NC State University Libraries. My job is to help my institution think about strategies for moving academic knowledge into the public sphere....

Rebuilding

—Charles Henry Of late we have been understandably immersed in the current moment. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetime, a disruptive force that is unnerving in that it is both inexorable and unpredictable, a silent threat that becomes visible only through the consequence of its often-lethal abrading, physically and psychologically, of our...

From Live Programming to the Digital Environment

By Thera Webb and Marissa Friedman March 10, 2020, was a big day in Massachusetts. It was the day Massachusetts declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also the scheduled premiere of Artists & Archives, a new public programming series exploring the relationships between artists and archival materials. While...

Keys to Unlocking Digital Buddhist Collections: Access, Interconnectedness, Interoperability

Justin D. Shanks Around the world, libraries and archives are spaces for the collection and preservation of as well as access to important cultural heritage materials. It is this final point—access—that has long captured my attention as a library-based science and technology studies (STS) practitioner scholar. Finding methods and mediums to make collections and...

A Message to Our Community About COVID-19

Dear Colleagues, We hope this message finds you, your family, and your friends safe and well. As the COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented personal and institutional challenges, we want you to know that CLIR is committed to our ongoing work in support of libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. As a distributed staff...

Share Your COVID-19 Story With CLIR

COVID (Re)Collections is a new series from CLIR exploring responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by the library, cultural heritage, and information community. You can access these stories here.  We are interested in the challenges COVID-19 has posed to you and/or your workplace, and how you are responding to them. How has the situation affected...

Call for Proposals: DLF Forum 2020 and Affiliated Events

Calls for Proposals are now open for the 2020 DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2020, and CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium. Events will take place from November 8–12 in Baltimore, Maryland. For all events, we welcome submissions from members and nonmembers alike. Students, practitioners, and others from any related field are invited to...

CLIR Issues 133

Number 133  January/February 2020 ISSN 1944-7639 (online version) Contents Three Questions with Sohair Wastawy Material Memory Season One Focuses on Indigenous Languages Hidden Collections Symposium Planned for November Get the Latest on DLF Working Group Activities Follow CLIR on Throwback Thursday Where You’ll Find Us Briefly Noted CLIR Issues is produced in electronic format...

CLIR Invites Applications for 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions. Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between...

CLIR Announces 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of more than $4.1 million to fund 18 projects for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. Fifty-eight institutions located in seventeen U.S. states and Canada will be involved in the projects, which cover subjects ranging from natural history and biodiversity...