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. To view the presentations, please visit the Presentations page on the Lighting the Way Forum site, or see the collection in SearchWorks.
Blog topic: Digital library
East Asia Library users may now access these two new ebook collections.
New features available for Spotlight at Stanford
In early March 2020, an engineering team from Digital Library Systems and Services concluded a 2-month work cycle to make significant improvements to Spotlight at Stanford, our platform that supports digital showcases for research and teaching -- also known as "exhibits." As requested and highly prioritized by Stanford Libraries' curators, bibliographers and other exhibit creators, we released new features that enhance both discoverability and discovery for exhibits. The new features are described in detail, below.
The Lighting the Way project has elected to postpone its forthcoming working meeting indefinitely as Stanford Libraries and Stanford University continues to monitor the local and global developments of COVID-19. At this point, no further arrangements have been made, and no specific dates have been set to reschedule the working meeting, although we are looking potentially rescheduling the meeting for later this summer or early this fall.
At the VALA2020 conference on Libraries and Technology last month I stated, as I have in numerous other presentations, reports, and recommendations, that implementations of technology (and I am usually speaking about AI) in libraries should reflect the ethos of the library. I say this not because the ethos of the library is correct, just, or even well-defined; but it is something to which we who work in libraries can be held accountable.
This is my third guest blog post for Stanford Libraries’ Digital Library Blog at the invitation of Cathy Aster, a Product and Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) at Stanford University, who was my assigned Conversation Partner in the inaugural 2019 cohort of the Authenticity Project organized by CLIR/DLF and the HBCU Library Alliance.
Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery kicks off with a series of livestreamed presentations on archival discovery and delivery on February 10, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8).
We encourage you to register for the livestream in advance so you can join in for what we hope will be an engaging set of presentations on four key themes:
- The Evolving Systems Ecosystem: What software and other systems do we use to make archival discovery and delivery possible, and how is that changing within institutional contexts?
- Networks and the Big Picture: What issues are impacting archives and libraries at the level of the sector, consortia, or beyond, related to discovery and delivery?
- Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Concerns: How have factors like privacy, cultural protocols, copyright, and others impacted our ability to address archival discovery and delivery, on a technical, operational, or strategic level?
- Impacts on Public Services and Outreach: How does archival discovery and delivery fit within the front-line work of library and archives workers focused on reference, outreach, public service, and community needs?