Presentations and recorded question and answer sessions from Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery are now available for viewing and downloading from the Stanford Digital Repository. All videos can be streamed and downloaded, and presentations also include source slides for download. The presentations were organized into five groupings or themes:
To view the presentations:
List of presenters
About the project
Lighting the Way is a year-long project, funded by IMLS, centered around convening a series of national meetings on improving access and use of archives and special collections, and should work together to support archival discovery and delivery. Our goal is to develop an agenda describing an ethical, equitable, sustainable, well-integrated future for access and use of archives and special collections. The project hosted Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery at Stanford University in Stanford, California from February 10-12, 2020. The event included approximately 70 participants, and focused on information sharing and collaborative problem solving around improving how user-facing systems support discovery and delivery for archives and special collections.
Archival discovery and delivery is how we describe what people and systems do to support finding, accessing, and using material from archives and special collections. Systems include software, workflows, paper forms, standards, and more. We also often refer to software applications related to this function specifically as "front-end systems," which include those supporting search and presentation of archival description, delivery and presentation of digital objects, request management systems, and interpretation and crowdsourcing. Part of the broader challenge is to determine how to effectively integrate all of those systems to work together as a coordinated whole, which serves as the fundamental area of focus for our project.
This 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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