Lighting the Way Forum presentations now available for viewing and downloading

March 27, 2020
Mark A. Matienzo
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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.

 The presentations were organized into five groupings or themes:

  • Introductory presentations: Information about the Lighting the Way Project and the Lighting the Way Forum.
  • 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?

List of presenters

  • Greg Cram, The New York Public Library
  • Tom Cramer, Stanford University Libraries
  • Tanis Franco, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Sara Guzman, Himdag Ki - Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum
  • Mark A. Matienzo, Stanford University Libraries
  • Daisy Muralles, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Lori Myers-Steele, Berea College
  • Kim Pham, University of Denver
  • Genevieve Preston, San Bernardino County Historical Archives
  • Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • T-Kay Sangwand, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Heather Smedberg, University of California, San Diego
  • Trevor Thornton, North Carolina State University
  • Anna Trammell, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Adrian Turner, California Digital Library
  • Camille Villa, Stanford University Libraries
  • Amanda Whitmire, Harold A. Miller Library, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

About the project

Lighting the Way is a year-long project, funded by IMLS, centered around convening a series of national meetings on improving access and use of archives and special collections, and should work together to support archival discovery and delivery. Our goal is to develop an agenda describing an ethical, equitable, sustainable, well-integrated future for access and use of archives and special collections. The project hosted Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery at Stanford University from February 10-12, 2020. The event included approximately 70 participants, and focused on information sharing and collaborative problem solving around improving how user-facing systems support discovery and delivery for archives and special collections.

Archival discovery and delivery is how we describe what people and systems do to support finding, accessing, and using material from archives and special collections. Systems include software, workflows, paper forms, standards, and more. We also often refer to software applications related to this function specifically as “front-end systems,” which include those supporting search and presentation of archival description, delivery and presentation of digital objects, request management systems, and interpretation and crowdsourcing. Part of the broader challenge is to determine how to effectively integrate all of those systems to work together as a coordinated whole, which serves as the fundamental area of focus for our project. 

IMLS logoThis 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. To learn more, visit