Working Meeting (Spring 2021)

Working Meeting on Archival Discovery and Delivery

April - May 2021

The Lighting the Way Working Meeting on Archival Discovery and Delivery is series of online meetings and facilitated activities that build on the work of Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery, held at Stanford University in February 2020. The Working Meeting focuses on convening small groups to develop a topic related to improving archival discovery and delivery into a written contribution for inclusion in a larger handbook compiled and published by the project. The project invites potential participants to apply for participation in the working meeting cohort dedicated to advancing an inclusive and technically integrated future for access and use of archival collections.

Important details and logistics

When: The Working Meeting was held as four two-hour sessions over six weeks between April 19-May 28, 2021. The sessions were facilitated using Zoom meetings and webinars. We encourage participant groups to meet during the intervening weeks of the working meeting as needed to advance efforts on their written contributions.

Welcoming and inclusion: Our goals for the project include providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for participation and collaboration. We strongly encourage self-nominations from individuals who identify with underrepresented or marginalized populations as well as those whose work relates to underrepresented or marginalized populations (e.g. collections relating to such populations). All participants are expected to follow the project's Community Agreements and Code of Conduct.

Accessibility accommodations: If you need an accessibility-related accommodation as a prospective participant, please contact Mark A. Matienzo at phone: +1 650 683 5769 or e-mail:

Call for participation (closed): Prospective participants in the Working Meeting are asked to complete an application, including a 250-word abstract of your proposed topic and potential group participants, no later than March 15, 2021. For more information, see the announcement for the call for participation. A PDF version of the application form is available for your reference.

Questions? Contact the Project Team at, or Mark A. Matienzo, Project Director, at

Background and overview

The following video provides a background and overview of the goals and structure for the Lighting the Way Working Meeting.

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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