Lighting the Way

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 October and December 2019, the project team will have an open nomination 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 financial support for travel, food, and lodging costs for the majority 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