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CLIR Awards $405,353 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC October 10, 2019– The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 13 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants: Institution: Tri-Centric Foundation Project: Braxton75 Archival Recordings Project Amount: $28,925 Institution: Brown University in Providence in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Project: Brown University...

CLIR Report Examines Impact of Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program

Arlington, VA, September 11, 2019—A new report from CLIR analyzes the impact of the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. The Foundations of Discovery, by Joy M. Banks, presents the results of a comprehensive analysis of final reports from all 128 projects funded through the program.  Running from 2008–2014, the program granted more...

CLIR’s Mission in the Era of Climate Disruption

—Charles Henry Several months ago, I wrote a blog on two areas of emerging interest to CLIR: human rights and climate disruption. This post addresses the reasons for our focusing on climate disruption as a natural extension of CLIR’s decades-long mission to preserve and make accessible our cultural heritage. A Commitment to Preservation When...

CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance Form National Partnership

Collaboration will build awareness of African American contributions to history and culture by improving access to HBCUs’ unparalleled collections Arlington, VA, July 30, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the HBCU Library Alliance have entered into a long-term partnership that aims to position historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as centers...

Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR $1.2 Million Operating Grant

Contact: Kathlin Smith Washington, DC, June 26, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a 24-month, $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2019. The grant provides funds for core administrative and management staff that support the broad range of CLIR’s programmatic activity. “We...

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,...