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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...

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....

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...

Arctic Expedition to (almost) the North Pole

—By Emily Beagle I recently returned from a two-week expedition to the Arctic as part of the ClimateForce 2019 Team. This team consisted of 87 people from 25 countries who are all united in their commitment to combat climate change. The expedition was led by Sir Robert Swan, the first person to walk to...

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...

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,...

CLIR Names 2019 Mellon Dissertation Fellows

Arlington, VA, April 11, 2019—Sixteen graduate students have been selected to receive awards this year under the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources program, administered by CLIR. The fellowships are intended to help graduate students in the humanities and related social science fields pursue research wherever relevant sources are available; gain skill...

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....

Archivos poscustodiales para el bien colectivo

Hannah Alpert-Abrams, traducido por Ignacio Carvajal Regidor  Construir colecciones en bibliotecas o archivos a través de fronteras internacionales siempre implica una negociación de poder. En los Estados Unidos, hay una larga historia de sacar materiales históricos de las comunidades que los han creado, a menudo en nombre de la preservación. Sin embargo, estos...

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...