The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now seeking session proposals for the 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Symposium. Any current or former recipient of a CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award (principal investigator or project staff) is welcome to submit a proposal. Proposers may also invite others such as scholars, students, professionals, or community experts to contribute to their proposals and presentations, but each submission must come from a current or former member of a Digitizing Hidden Collections project team. Following the symposium, presenters will be asked to submit papers to be published in a conference proceedings. Detailed guidelines for papers will be posted in advance of proposal decisions.
Dates: November 11-12, 2020
Location: The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Affiliated Event CFPs: Separate calls are being issued for the 2020 DLF Forum (November 9-11) and associated preconference day Learn@DLF (November 8), as well as NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2020 (November 11-12), which will take place at the same venue.
Proposals should be relevant to problems today’s collecting institutions and organizations face as they digitize hidden collections and make them accessible to broad audiences. This symposium will be a place to share not only achievements in digitization but also questions and struggles that point toward shared problems that need solutions.
Of particular interest are proposals that relate to the event’s theme (We digitized it—what’s next? Learning from and making use of digitized hidden collections). Topics may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Submissions of brief “This is How We Do It” demonstration videos and digital posters will be sought as the conference approaches. Please keep an eye out for instructions!
Proposals of up to 250 words each (up to 500 words for panels) should be submitted using our online system. Proposals must include:
Submissions Deadline: Monday,
April 27 May 11, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
Members of the Symposium Planning Committee will review proposals and contribute to shaping the program.
Presenters will be notified in June and will receive a discount on registration. Symposium attendance will be open to anyone with an interest in digitizing special collections and archives, accessible digital collections, describing digital collections, and engaging people with digitized collections. Presenters, students, and current and former contributors to Digitizing Hidden Collections-funded projects will have opportunities to apply for up to 60 travel scholarships; these will be made available to those who apply and demonstrate the need for external support to attend. The Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program and the 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Symposium are made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sign up for the CLIR grants mailing list to receive updates on the event throughout 2020.