Lighting the Way

Preliminary report on Lighting the Way Forum released

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December 10, 2020
by Mark A. Matienzo

The Lighting the Way project team is pleased to announce the publication of Lighting the Way: A Preliminary Report on the National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery, which summarizes and synthesizes the activities and outcome from the event hosted by Stanford Libraries in February 2020. The Forum focused on information sharing and collaborative problem solving around improving discovery and delivery for archives and special collections, with 71 participants drawn from multiple disciplines and job functions in the archives, library, and technology sectors. Using both plenary presentations and activities drawn from human-centered design principles to highlight opportunities and challenges, as well as potential areas for further work.

The project will host a series of online working meetings and asynchronous activities in Spring 2021 focused on collaborative writing and in-depth exploration of topics and themes raised in the Forum. Further information on the working meeting, including a call for participation, will be made available in January 2021 from the project website.

National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery

Logo for the Lighting the Way projectLighting the Way is a year-long project led by Stanford University Libraries running from September 2019-August 2020 focused on convening a series of meetings focused on improving discovery and delivery for archives and special collections. Through two meetings in the first half of 2020, the project will engage stakeholders and experts including archives, library, and technology workers. The meetings are intended to build consensus around strategic and technical directions to improve user experience, access, and interoperability across user-facing discovery and delivery systems for archives, and to provide a model for values-driven technology work within archives and special collections.

Between November and December 2019, the project will have an open application process for archives, libraries, and technology workers who wish to participate in the meetings and share their experience and challenges with archival discovery and delivery. Prospective participants are encouraged to nominate themselves or colleagues based upon interest and potential contributions. Project funding includes partial to full funding support for travel, food, and lodging costs for the most of the meeting participants.

Project funding

IMLS logoThis project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through grant LG-35-19-0012-19. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

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