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New Report Explores Leading Role for Academic Libraries in Supporting 3D/VR for Research and Teaching

Contact: Kathlin Smith   Arlington, VA, February 26, 2019—A new CLIR report, 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends, examines the use of three-dimensional (3D) and virtual reality (VR) technologies in research and teaching, and the library’s vital role in supporting this work. 3D modeling, 3D capture techniques, and VR enable faculty...

More Equitable Partnerships in Grant Funding

This is the third post in a five-part series called “Five Years of Listening” on the evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program. —By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo “What I don’t understand is where did all the money go? We were partners on a grant of more than a million dollars and we saw none...

Digitization and the Dream of Openness

—By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo This is the second post in a five-part series called “Five Years of Listening” on the evolution of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program. At its best, digitization is about equity. It’s the dream of breaking down the financial barriers to original-source research so that it’s no longer the exclusive domain...

Five Years of Listening

—By Nicole Kang Ferraiolo Editor’s note: This is the first post in a five-part series on the evolution of CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program. The year was 2014 and CLIR had big news: it would be winding down its longstanding cataloging grant program and replacing it with a new program supporting...

CLIR Announces 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

Washington, DC, January 3, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of over $3.8 million to fund 17 projects for 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. More than 40 institutions located in 17 states and one US territory will be involved in the projects covering subjects ranging...

Innovative Learning in Research Library Makerspaces

  The appearance of makerspaces in academic libraries is a growing trend, reflecting the use of new technologies and more collaborative approaches in active learning. In August, the heads of two makerspaces at university libraries—former CLIR postdoc fellow Justin Schell, who now runs the Shapiro Design Lab at the University of Michigan Library, and...

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...

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...