*Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery*

*Monday, February 10 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020*

*Stanford University, Stanford, California*

*Call for participation opens November 13, 2019*

We describe what people and systems do to find, access, and use material
from archives and special collections as *archival discovery and delivery*.
The “front-end” systems involved in this work include those supporting
search and presentation of archival description, delivery and presentation
of digital objects, request management systems, and interpretation and
crowdsourcing. A major challenge in this area is determining how to
effectively integrate those systems to work together as a coordinated
whole, to support the needs of users and library and archives workers. We
seek  to get an in-depth understanding of how these systems can and should
work together to support archival discovery and delivery, and to develop a
forward-looking agenda describing an ethical, equitable, sustainable, and
well-integrated future for access and use of archives and special

In support of this work, Stanford University Libraries is facilitating and
hosting *Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and
Delivery* <>, a national meeting for
archives, library, and technology workers to discuss these issues and work
towards a common agenda. The forum event will take place on the campus of
Stanford University in Stanford, California from February 10-12, 2020, with
approximately 50 participants. Grant funds will allow us to fund travel
costs, meals during the event, and lodging for the majority of participants.
 *Participants will be selected through an open application process, which
will open on November 13, 2019.* The application includes questions on the
context for your work in relation to the goals of the forum and project.

Our goals for the project include providing an inclusive and welcoming
environment for participation and collaboration. *We strongly encourage
self-nominations from individuals who identify with or whose work serves
underrepresented or marginalized populations.*

If you have any questions or feedback about our project, please visit the
project website at, contact the
project team at [log in to unmask], or contact Mark
A. Matienzo, the Project Director, at [log in to unmask]

*This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services, through grant **LG-35-19-0012-19*
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primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.
To learn more, visit *** <>*.*


*Mark A. MATIENZO *| *✉* [log in to unmask] | ☎ +1 (650) 683-5769

Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access

Digital Library Systems and Services, Stanford University Libraries

*My pronouns are they/them*