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CLIR Receives $2.01 Million Mellon Foundation Grant to Extend Data Curation Fellowships in African American and African Studies

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CLIR $2.01 million to extend Data Curation Fellowships in African American and African Studies. This funding will support current fellows whose work has been negatively affected by the global pandemic by enabling them to extend their time at host institutions by up to two additional years. The...

HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR Receive Grant to Study Feasibility for Large-Scale Survey of HBCU Archives

  Study will inform plans to make HBCU special collections and archival materials discoverable and accessible The HBCU Library Alliance and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) have received a $75,000 planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project titled “Creating Access to HBCU Library Alliance Archives: Needs, Capacity,...

CLIR Launches Season Two of Material Memory Podcast, “Cultural Memory and the Climate Crisis”

CLIR today released the first two episodes of its new podcast season exploring the impact of the climate crisis on communities and their cultural heritage. In conversations with host Nicole Kang Ferraiolo, seven guests offer perspectives from around the globe on how climate change threatens our records and traditions, the relationship between memory and...

Louisa Kwasigroch Appointed Interim DLF Senior Program Officer

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Louisa Kwasigroch as interim Digital Library Federation (DLF) senior program officer. Kwasigroch, who currently serves as CLIR’s director of outreach and engagement and has worked extensively with the DLF community, will serve as the primary point of contact for...

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 through the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitizing “at-risk” recorded content of high scholarly value. CLIR...

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...