The most recent CLIR Issues newsletter has a story on “Mapping a New Partnership” where the Stanford University Libraries are partnering with private map collection holders to digitize the maps for wide access and digital preservation. They’re calling this process digital philanthropy: “Digital philanthropy” is a term being used at the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) to describe an emerging partnership between the Libraries and collectors willing to donate access to their unique and interesting map collections so that they can be scanned for broader viewing.* The note clarifies: * The term “digital philanthropy” is evolving. Here it describes an arrangement between a group of donorsRead More →

News: CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources) has published a new report, Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, examines the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East. The report was written by Alison Babeu, digital librarian and research coordinator for the Perseus Project. Babeu explores recent projects in the digital classics and how these projects are used. She also examines the infrastructure that supports digital classics and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics. TheRead More →

News from DLF: DLF has awarded $50,000 to fund research on business cases for new service development in research libraries. The project will develop guidance for academic libraries seeking to support innovative services such as publishing and data management activities on their campuses. Librarians from four universities and OCLC will investigate business-planning literature and study established publishing and data curation services. The project will result in a series of publications, to be published between fall 2011 and August 2012, that will suggest a model for the business planning of new ventures and services. The model will help libraries determine whether a new service is feasibleRead More →

CLIR press release on the CLIR website and below: Washington, DC, April 11, 2011—The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $117,567 for research on how to build capacity for data curation within disciplines. The project will be managed by CLIR’s Digital Library Federation (DLF). Most graduate programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities are not well prepared to cultivate the data management skills of their students, or sometimes even to teach them why such skills are important to the survival of their fields of study. In every discipline, at least some professionals must come to graspRead More →

The Council on Library and Information Resources’ Digital Library Federation program and centerNet are delighted to announce today their formal alliance. Established in 1995, the Digital Library Federation is a community of library practitioners engaged and committed to building and sustaining digital libraries through collaborative effort and establishing best practices. The DLF community includes project managers, code developers, and digital curators. The affiliation will focus on areas where digital libraries and digital humanities converge and need further exploration and understanding of each community’s roles and responsibilities. Areas of likely collaboration include the following: Data Curation–examining options for the preservation of digital scholarship objects and workflows,Read More →

News Release: Digital Library Federation Launches New Web Site March 7, 2011—The Digital Library Federation (DLF), a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), today launched its new Web site at The site provides a dedicated space for the DLF community, while also serving as a resource and communication hub around important ideas and trends developing in the broader digital library community. “The new DLF site will facilitate conversations, raise awareness, and provide a space for collaboration,” said DLF Program Director Rachel Frick. “It is where you learn not only what is being done, but also how to actively contribute toRead More →

Matthew Kirschenbaum is one of the authors on this report and he’s also one of the authors on the Preserving Digital Worlds report and the author of the brilliant Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (which rightfully won MLA and SHARP book awards, and many others). I’ve been eagerly awaiting this report, and now it’s out in time for holiday reading! News Release: Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Richard Ovenden, Gabriela Redwine with research assistance from Rachel Donahue PDF Download of Complete Report (1 MB file) >> While the purview of digital forensics was once specializedRead More →

MPublishing at the University of Michigan Library seeks applications from postdoctoral candidates in the humanities for a two-year position that focuses on digital scholarship and publishing. The MPublishing CLIR Fellowship will provide an opportunity for an ambitious and curious Ph.D. recipient in the humanities to develop skills and experience as a publishing professional in an innovative library-based scholarly communication environment. Reporting to the Head of Publishing Services Outreach, the Fellow will assist with articulating, developing, and promoting publishing needs and publishing models. Specific activities may include: Researching publishing needs for the digital humanities and humanities publishing through surveys, listening sessions, and other research methods; implementingRead More →