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Staying with the Trouble

I have just started reading Donna Haraway’s Staying with The Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Haraway uses the term “Chthulucene” to describe our current era: “Chthulucene is a simple word. It is a compound of two Greek roots (khthôn and kainos) that together name a kind of timeplace for learning to stay with the...

Pat Battin and Evocative Leadership

—By Charles Henry My first impression of Pat Battin: how extraordinary her writing. Elegant and candid, weaving apt metaphors and at times colloquial interjections that enlivened an otherwise formal expression, she was for me instantly persuasive. Working within an academic culture that valued sharp articulation but often succumbed to clausal pile-ons and obscure phrasing...

Nettles and Networks: New Ways to Tackle Wound Infections

By Erin Connelly Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious global challenge. Calls for new drug development have been issued by governing bodies and public health organizations around the world. Some historians and scientists believe that novel routes to antimicrobial discovery may be found in the medicinal plants used in premodern medicine. As a result,...

CLIR Awards $573,416 for Recordings at Risk

Arlington, VA, April 30, 2019–The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 20 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants: Institution: Alaska Library Network Project: Preserving At-Risk Audio, Video, and Film Related to Public Health in Alaska and the Circumpolar North Amount: $19,002 Institution: Arizona State University Foundation...

Still Listening

This is the fifth and final post in the “Five Years of Listening” series, which focuses on the evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program. —By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo The title of this series, “Five Years of Listening,” is a bit of a misnomer. While our grants team spent the last five years listening...

Mellon Awards CLIR $2.8 Million to Extend Recordings at Risk Grant Program

Arlington, VA, March 27, 2019—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CLIR $2,807,000 to continue its regranting program to digitize “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between May 2019 and April 2021, awarding a total of $2.2 million. Audio and audiovisual recordings document vital, irreplaceable...

Toward a More Inclusive Grant Program

This is the fourth post in a five-part series called “Five Years of Listening” on the evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program. —By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo  Most people know what they mean when they talk about inclusion, yet it remains one of the trickiest words to define. It can be understood in the...

What We Might Choose to Save

By Christa Williford When the editors first applied to CLIR for support for the project that resulted in 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends, I was delighted. As a program officer charged with facilitating brighter futures for access and preservation in libraries and archives, I appreciate the need to focus more...

CLIR Appoints Carol A. Mandel Distinguished Presidential Fellow

CLIR has appointed Carol A. Mandel Distinguished Presidential Fellow. Mandel is dean emerita of New York University (NYU) Libraries and currently serves on the CLIR Board. Mandel will systematically consider the societal and institutional frameworks that can expand scalable, sustainable approaches to preserving various types of digital content. Building on extensive work already done...

New Report Explores Leading Role for Academic Libraries in Supporting 3D/VR for Research and Teaching

Contact: Kathlin Smith   Arlington, VA, February 26, 2019—A new CLIR report, 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends, examines the use of three-dimensional (3D) and virtual reality (VR) technologies in research and teaching, and the library’s vital role in supporting this work. 3D modeling, 3D capture techniques, and VR enable faculty...

More Equitable Partnerships in Grant Funding

This is the third post in a five-part series called “Five Years of Listening” on the evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program. —By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo “What I don’t understand is where did all the money go? We were partners on a grant of more than a million dollars and we saw none...