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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...

Digitization and the Dream of Openness

—By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo This is the second post in a five-part series called “Five Years of Listening” on the evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program. At its best, digitization is about equity. It’s the dream of breaking down the financial barriers to original-source research so that it’s no longer the exclusive domain...

Five Years of Listening

—By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo Editor’s note: This is the first post in a five-part series on the evolution of CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program. The year was 2014 and CLIR had big news: it would be winding down its longstanding cataloging grant program and replacing it with a new program supporting...

Innovative Learning in Research Library Makerspaces

  The appearance of makerspaces in academic libraries is a growing trend, reflecting the use of new technologies and more collaborative approaches in active learning. In August, the heads of two makerspaces at university libraries—former CLIR postdoc fellow Justin Schell, who now runs the Shapiro Design Lab at the University of Michigan Library, and...