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Rebuilding

—Charles Henry Of late we have been understandably immersed in the current moment. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetime, a disruptive force that is unnerving in that it is both inexorable and unpredictable, a silent threat that becomes visible only through the consequence of its often-lethal abrading, physically and psychologically, of our...

From Live Programming to the Digital Environment

By Thera Webb and Marissa Friedman March 10, 2020, was a big day in Massachusetts. It was the day Massachusetts declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also the scheduled premiere of Artists & Archives, a new public programming series exploring the relationships between artists and archival materials. While...

A Message to Our Community About COVID-19

Dear Colleagues, We hope this message finds you, your family, and your friends safe and well. As the COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented personal and institutional challenges, we want you to know that CLIR is committed to our ongoing work in support of libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. As a distributed staff...

CLIR Announces 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of more than $4.1 million to fund 18 projects for 2019 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. Fifty-eight institutions located in seventeen U.S. states and Canada will be involved in the projects, which cover subjects ranging from natural history and biodiversity...

Edward Ayers, Fenella France Join CLIR Board

At its fall meeting, the CLIR Board elected new members Edward Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond; and Fenella France, chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress. Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities...

What the Past Knows

—Abby Smith Rumsey CLIR’s Material Memory podcast series explores ways in which collective memory and the organizations entrusted with its stewardship are experiencing the disruptions of rapid technical innovation, accelerating climate change, armed conflict, mass movements of population, political and legal regimes that hamper access to culture, and the unintended ravages of simple neglect....

Join Us for CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Q&A Sessions!

CLIR is now accepting applications for 2020-2022 CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships. The deadline for prospective fellows is January 10, 2020. Potential applicants, as well as current and past fellows, are invited to participate in four #CLIRPostdoc Twitter Sessions hosted by former CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow and current CLIR Program Officer Jodi Reeves Eyre (@thejodireeves): November 20,...

CLIR Receives Sloan Foundation Grant for Energy Social Science Data Curation Fellows

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) a grant of $547,321 for three new postdoctoral fellowships in data curation for energy social science. The grant from Sloan’s Energy and Environment program builds on the first cohort of CLIR/Digital Library Federation (DLF) energy postdoctoral fellows by supporting...

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...

Are We Doing Enough to Manage and Preserve Born Digital Content?

The many challenges of managing and preserving digital content are well-known to cultural memory institutions. Institutions have become adept at digitizing and reformatting important content and ensuring its long-term access. At the same time, the nature, scale and policy complexities of content that is born digital are presenting an even more radical shift in...

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...