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A Disquieting Innocence

—Charles Henry This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish. Let me spell out precisely what I mean by that for the heart of the matter is here and the crux of my dispute with my country. You were born where you were...

A Message of Support for Black Lives

CLIR strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd, as well as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and all Black people who have lost their lives to violence and police brutality motivated by hatred and prejudice. We state unequivocally that the Black lives of our staff, our community, and our nation matter. As an...

2020 DLF Forum Will Transition to Virtual Format

Based on the overwhelming responses to the DLF community survey, the number and distribution of proposals for all CFPs, and CLIR’s ongoing monitoring of the pandemic situation, it has become clear that for the health and safety of our attendees and presenters, we must transition all of our fall events to a virtual format....

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” at Central Washington University Libraries

—Lauren Wittek, assistant professor and user experience and assessment librarian at Central Washington University Brooks Library. Despite other academic and public library systems in Washington State closing their facilities in early- to mid-March due to COVID-19, Central Washington University (CWU) Libraries initially tried to remain open with regular business hours. That changed the morning...

Advocating for Archivists at Home: An Interview with Lydia Tang

In this post, CLIR Director of Global Strategic Initiatives Nicole Kang Ferraiolo interviews Lydia Tang, who spearheaded the creation of the Archivists at Home document as chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Accessibility & Disability Section. Lydia Tang is the Special Collections archivist at Michigan State University. What is the Archivists At Home...

CLIR’s New Informatics, Cultural Networks, and Knowledge Systems Division: Three Questions

This spring, CLIR established a new Informatics, Cultural Networks, and Knowledge Systems division. Chief Operating Officer Amy Lucko discusses the thinking behind the division’s creation and its role within CLIR.    What sparked the idea to create the Informatics, Cultural Networks, and Knowledge Systems division? In many respects the formal creation of this division...

CLIR Releases DLF Program Review

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today released the results of a yearlong program review of the Digital Library Federation (DLF). The review was conducted by Joanne Kossuth, founding director of 1MountainRoad consultancy, to guide planning for DLF’s future as we celebrate its 25th anniversary. Kossuth’s review draws on hundreds of responses...

Archival Workers Emergency Fund

An Interview with Jessica Chapel and Lydia Tang In this post, CLIR Director of Global Strategic Initiatives Nicole Kang Ferraiolo interviews Jessica Chapel and Lydia Tang, who launched the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. What do you normally do professionally when you’re not responding to COVID-19-related challenges? Jessica Chapel: I manage digitization and digital collections...

Reconfiguring a Library Service Model to Reduce Exposure

—By Clare McKenzie, Associate Director Learning & Engagement, and Georgina Konstanta, Acting Manager Client Experience, University of Wollongong Library This is the second of two pieces from staff at the University of Wollongong Library in New South Wales, Australia. Read the first piece.    In response to COVID-19 in Australia, The University of Wollongong...

CLIR Awards $656,235 for Recordings at Risk

May 1, 2020—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of more than $650,000 to fund 20 Recordings at Risk projects. This seventh cohort of recipients will build on the work of the 90 previously funded projects, which, through digital preservation, have already saved more than 17,200 at-risk audio or...

Readiness and Rapid Transitions to Remote Delivery

—By Clare McKenzie, Associate Director Learning & Engagement, and Keith Brophy, Manager Digital Environment, University of Wollongong Library This is the first of two pieces from staff at the University of Wollongong Library in New South Wales, Australia. Read the second piece.    The University of Wollongong transitioned a largely campus-based curriculum to remote delivery...