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International Council on Interdependence for Higher Education: A Modest Proposal

Our academic knowledge environment today is disorganized and exorbitantly expensive, segmented by an array of local, redundant investments. But there now exists an opportunity to construct a new, robust, interoperable environment: never before have so many well-conceived, large-scale digital projects begun to flourish, with each of these projects representing a fundamental element of academic...

“Dirty” Old Books: Building a Library of Stains with Multispectral Imaging

Erin Connelly, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), University of Pennsylvania Libraries Alberto Campagnolo, Library of Congress Heather Wacha at the University of Wisconsin-Madison The Library of Stains Project, also known as Labeculae Vivae, Latin for “#stainsalive,” is using multispectral imaging to gather scientific data drawn from stains found on parchment, paper, and bindings...

CLIR Appoints Presidential Fellows Herman Pabbruwe, Elizabeth Waraksa

Washington, DC, May 17, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the appointment of Herman Pabbruwe and Elizabeth Waraksa as Distinguished Presidential Fellows, effective June 1, 2018. Herman Pabbruwe served for 14 years as CEO of Koninklijke Brill N.V., a global academic publisher headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, before stepping down...

CLIR Awards $509,488 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC, April 27, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 16 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants in the program’s third grant cycle. Institution: African American Museum & Library at Oakland Project: Preserving the Black Panther Party and Social Protest Films from the Henry J....

Compassion at Scale: Qatar National Library

By Charles Henry The brilliant, thin edges of laser light played against the desert sky, creating flickering silhouettes of our destination that evening. It was April 16, the grand opening of the Qatar National Library (QNL) in Doha. The “red carpet” leading to the main entrance was a slightly elevated LED screen flashing images...

CLIR Names 2018 Mellon Dissertation Fellows

Washington, DC, April 5, 2018—Fifteen graduate students have been selected to receive awards this year under the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources program, which CLIR administers. The fellowships are intended to help graduate students in the humanities and related social science fields pursue research wherever relevant sources are available; gain skill and creativity...

CLIR Receives $1.12 Million to Implement Platform and Processes for Digital Library of the Middle East

Washington, DC, April 3, 2018—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $1.12 million to implement a sustainable, extensible digital library platform and set of curatorial processes to federate records relating to the cultural heritage of the Middle East. CLIR and its Digital Library Federation (DLF) program...

Leading Change Institute 2018 Participants Named

Washington, DC, March 7, 2018—Forty individuals have been selected for participation in the 2018 Leading Change Institute. The Institute, sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE, will be held June 3-8, in Washington, DC. Jon Allen, Assistant Vice President & CISO Baylor University Benjamin Armintor, Head, Developer Infrastructure and Applications Columbia University Libraries Tara Baillargeon, Assistant...

CLIR Appoints Kevin FitzGerald Verner Clapp Distinguished Research Fellow

Washington, DC, February 22, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the appointment of Kevin FitzGerald as Verner Clapp Distinguished Research Fellow. In this role, FitzGerald will conduct research on making the cycle of academic knowledge—its creation, discovery, publication, accessibility, preservation, and reuse—more cost effective and coherently managed, while facilitating greater...

Partnering on Digital Archives and Human Rights in Guatemala

The authors have also posted this blog in Spanish. Editor’s note: In this post, Hannah Alpert-Abrams and Alex Galarza describe how they have understood their roles in collaborative projects with Guatemalan partner organizations seeking justice for human rights violations committed during the country’s civil war (1960-1996). Both are CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation...

The Spirit and Intent of Digitizing Hidden Collections

Two press releases this month relating to CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives (DHC) initiative have invited wider interest in the program and prompted important questions that pertain to its provision of service to the community. The announcement of a generous, $13.2 million three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is an...

CLIR Announces 2017 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

Contact: Kathlin Smith ksmith@clir.org 202-939-4754 Washington, DC, January 4, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following projects have been selected for 2017 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. Project: Archiving Antigua: A Digital Record of Pre- and Post-Emancipation Antigua, 1760-1948 Award: $67,049 Institution: The Moravian Archives Project:...