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Artificial Intelligence and Archives

—Rebecca Bayeck and Azure Stewart “Artificial Intelligence and Archives” was the inaugural webinar of the series on Emerging Technologies, Big Data & Archives, organized by CLIR postdocs Rebecca Y. Bayeck of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Azure Stewart of New York University. With the emergence of new technologies and big...

Reimagining Genealogical Resources in the Era of COVID-19

Dana Landress is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a CLIR Mellon Fellowship for her dissertation, “Diagnosing the South: Pellagra, Public Health, and the Political Economy of the Cotton South” (currently in progress). When institutional closures began this past spring, many of my colleagues fretted that their research would...

CLIR and Stanford Libraries Announce Digital Library of the Middle East Platform

July 15, 2020—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Stanford Libraries today announced the release of a public, open platform for the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME), which aims to become one of the world’s largest online archives of Middle Eastern and North African artifacts. The DLME aggregates, through an...

Adapting a Transnational Symposium to a Virtual Environment

  This is the second of a two-part interview with the organizers of “Capacity Assessment of Latin American and Caribbean Partners: A Symposium about Open-Access, Technological Needs, and Institutional Sustainability,” which took place virtually from April 16–17, 2020. Part one is available here. In this piece, Nicole Kang Ferraiolo, CLIR’s Director of Global Strategic...

CLIR Names 2020 Postdoctoral Fellows

CLIR welcomes eight postdoctoral fellows as the seventeenth cohort in the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Fellows will work in data curation for African American and African Studies funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; in data curation for the energy social sciences supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and in digital humanities and digital...

Repatriating Sociolinguistic Data to Belize: Can a Decolonial Model Still Work in Times of COVID 19?

Nicté Fuller Medina is a sociolinguist and currently the inaugural CLIR-Mellon fellow in data curation in Latin American and Caribbean studies at the University of California, Los Angeles @UCLALibrary. Find her on Twitter: @DrNicte. A decolonial framework for repatriation of ephemera rests on challenging default colonial practices such as top-down approaches that center institutions...

A Disquieting Innocence

—Charles Henry This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish. Let me spell out precisely what I mean by that for the heart of the matter is here and the crux of my dispute with my country. You were born where you were...

A Message of Support for Black Lives

CLIR strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd, as well as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and all Black people who have lost their lives to violence and police brutality motivated by hatred and prejudice. We state unequivocally that the Black lives of our staff, our community, and our nation matter. As an...

2020 DLF Forum Will Transition to Virtual Format

Based on the overwhelming responses to the DLF community survey, the number and distribution of proposals for all CFPs, and CLIR’s ongoing monitoring of the pandemic situation, it has become clear that for the health and safety of our attendees and presenters, we must transition all of our fall events to a virtual format....

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” at Central Washington University Libraries

—Lauren Wittek, assistant professor and user experience and assessment librarian at Central Washington University Brooks Library. Despite other academic and public library systems in Washington State closing their facilities in early- to mid-March due to COVID-19, Central Washington University (CWU) Libraries initially tried to remain open with regular business hours. That changed the morning...