*Lighting the Way-- Improving discovery and delivery for archives and
special collections*

*OCLC Research Works in Progress Webinar*

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

More information and registration


This webinar will share outcomes and new work from Lighting the Way
an IMLS-funded project focused on improving discovery and delivery for
archives and special collections. Through a forum (February 2020) and
virtual series of working meetings (April - May 2021), the project engaged
stakeholders and experts including archives, library, and technology
workers, to build consensus around strategic and technical directions to
improve user experience, access, and interoperability across user-facing
discovery and delivery systems for archives, and to provide a model for
values-driven technology work within archives and special collections. The
project has been developed using facilitation guidelines and activities
from non-traditional sources, primarily the Liberating Structures
which supports engaged, collaborative, and creative problem solving.

Project team members and participants will provide an overview of Lighting
the Way activities; share their experiences with the facilitated
collaborative writing process; and discuss the forthcoming Handbook, the
primary written output from the project.

*This webinar will be of interest to library and archive workers, those who
manage and allocate resources to special collections, and those who are
considering new modes of meeting facilitation and collaboration. The
webinar is part of Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar
This webinar is free to attend and open to all with registration


*Shelly Black, *NCSU Libraries
*Sophie Glidden-Lyon,* La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
*Dinah Handel,* Stanford University Libraries
*Mark A. Matienzo,* Stanford University Libraries
*Kate Philipson,* Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New

*Funding acknowledgement*

The Lighting the Way 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.
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Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access

Digital Library Systems and Services, Stanford University Libraries

*My pronouns are they/them*