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An Ambient Light

—Charles Henry This is an introduction to a series of blogs meant to clarify CLIR’s working principles and goals for the next five years. The title is a metaphor for the general nature of this focus. Ambient light refers to illumination that is encircling, encompassing, and diffuse. In present usage, ambient also conveys motion....

CLIR Invites Applications for Digitizing At-Risk Audio and Audiovisual Materials

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications from collecting institutions for the digital reformatting of audio and audiovisual materials, in its fifth call for the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitizing “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials of...

CLIR Publishes Supplementary Assessment of National Digital Stewardship Residencies, 2016-2018

Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754 Washington, DC, October 25, 2018—CLIR today released an assessment of three recent National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) initiatives focusing on public media, art, and biodiversity. NDSR programs, first established in 2013, place graduates of master’s programs in information science and related fields at cultural heritage organizations to pursue projects related to...

Post-custodial Archiving for Our Collective Good

Hannah Alpert-Abrams Building library or archival collections across national borders always involves a negotiation of power. In the United States, we have a long history of removing historical records from the communities that created them, often in the name of preservation. But these acts of preservation have often been paralleled by an effort...

CLIR Awards $546,281 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC September 28, 2018– The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 18 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants: Institution: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. Project: Communities-At-Risk: An Audio-Visual History of Jewish Communities in Transition Amount: $30,798 Institution: Amistad Research Center Project: Continuing to Break...

CLIR Receives $2.75 Million Mellon Foundation Grant for Data Curation Fellowships in African American and African Studies

Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754 Washington, DC, September 20, 2018—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CLIR $2.75 million to help establish sound data management in African American and African Studies by building a professional cohort of knowledgeable specialists through postdoctoral positions. The grant will support two overlapping cohorts of five fellows each, starting in summer...

Digital Library Federation Names Three New “DLF Futures Fellows”

Washington, DC, September 10, 2018—Today, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) named three distinguished fellows in the pilot year of a new DLF Futures fellowship program. This program offers financial support and a communications platform for mid-career digital library practitioners whose projects and areas of research open up new, perhaps unexpected possibilities and future directions...

The Loneliest Library in the World?

First in the new Sidebar series —Charles Henry Editor’s update: This week, Kerala was hit with the worst flooding in more than a century, leaving hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. We have contacted P. Sainath, who believes that Chinnathambi’s village would have escaped the worst of the floods because it is at...

CLIR Names Curatorial Advisors to Digital Library of the Middle East

View in Arabic Washington, DC, August 21, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has named five curatorial advisors to the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME): Saif Abdullah Al-Jabri, director, Information Center, Sultan Qaboos University Library, Oman Najwa Adra, anthropologist, Yemeni Intangible Cultural Heritage Mariette Atallah, head of Collection Development Department,...

Email Archives Comes of Age

Christopher Prom and Kate Murray For many of us, email comprises the journal of our personal and professional daily life. We use it to exchange quick notes and detailed information; we make plans for business meetings or casual lunches; we catch up with family, friends, and colleagues; we give opinions, make decisions, and discuss...

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...