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    Released yesterday, the second report from participants of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today's Academic Libraries , included as many exciting challenges and opportunities as the first volume, The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy . Challenges included narrowing in on topics within the field of scholarly teaching and learning and organizing an engaging, open peer-review process, while opportunities included collaborating with a diverse, engaging group of over 25 authors. Perhaps the biggest challenge, however, was finding an image as apt as Rocket Cat for the report’s cover. Thanks to Twitter, Erin Connelly, and The Rosenbach, we found Reynard the Fox. The ...

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    Editor's note: This post continues our series on CLIR Affiliates, which Chuck Henry initiated in his June 22 blog . Previous weeks' posts have focused on IIIF and the Digital Library of the Middle East . The National Digital Stewardship Alliance , hosted by the Digital Library Federation, is a consortium of more than 220 partnering organizations, including universities, professional associations, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, all committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. NDSA was established in 2010 by the Library of Congress and DLF became its institutional home in January 2016.   The collaboration between NDSA and DLF has meaningfully enriched both organizations over the last two years. Working together to support the ...

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    Editor's note: This post continues our series on CLIR Affiliates, which Chuck Henry initiated in his June 22 blog . In coming weeks, we will feature updates on our work with the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and Jisc. At this month’s IFLA meeting in Wroclaw, Poland, CLIR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Qatar National Library, an important partnership to advance the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) project. The MOU outlined general areas of mutual interest and collaboration. These include: —raising awareness and fostering understanding of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s cultural heritage and supporting its preservation; —developing, enhancing and making available digital cultural heritage content, and sharing best practice ...

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    Editor's note: This post continues our series on CLIR Affiliates, which Chuck Henry initiated in his June 22 blog . In coming weeks, we will feature updates on our work with the Digital Library of the Middle East, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and Jisc. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) community recently convened in the Vatican for the 2017 IIIF Conference, where 275 people from 130 institutions and organizations in 18 countries participated in the week’s events. [1] In addition to the general sharing of IIIF use cases, implementations, and knowledge, the conference provided a venue for the IIIF Community Groups and IIIF Technical Specification Groups to meet face to face. Particularly of note is the work of the IIIF A/V Technical Specification ...

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    This blog is cross-posted from softwarepreservationnetwork.org . Co-authors are Alexandra Chassanoff, Jessica Meyerson, Katherine Thornton, Cynde Moya, and Christa Williford For decades, researchers and practitioners in information science, digital preservation, and allied fields have discussed the necessity of software preservation: preserving software is a prerequisite for preserving and providing access to digital cultural heritage and research, and software is increasingly considered a research product or artifact in itself. The rapid pace of software development and change makes it urgent for those interested in the practice of preserving software to develop a correspondingly robust research agenda. In support of the Software Preservation Network’s (SPN) mission to preserve ...

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    Editor's note: This blog is the first in a series focusing on CLIR Affilates. Subsequent posts will describe some of our international Affiliates in greater detail, noting the rationale for these partnerships and the transformative potential of working together. During the last few years, CLIR and DLF have established a new category of organizational partnerships that we call Affiliates, a term that is purposefully flexible, connoting alliances with various strengths of cooperation. These range from incubating the current transition of NITLE (the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education) to deeper engagement with management and strategy-setting (National Digital Stewardship Alliance, or NDSA). Recently we have reached out to international projects and programs, creating affiliations ...