Lighting the Way

Launching the Lighting the Way working meeting

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April 20, 2021
by Mark A. Matienzo

The Lighting the Way project team is happy to announce the launch of the Working Meeting, a series of online meetings and facilitated activities held in April and May 2021. The Working Meeting focuses on convening small groups to develop a topic related to improving archival discovery and delivery into a written contribution of 5-10 pages to be published by the project this summer. Building on the work of the Lighting the Way Forum, the four sessions of the Working Meeting leverages the Liberating Structures framework and other proven techniques from human-centered design to provide a welcome and supportive environment for collaboration.

Our first session was held on Monday, April 19, 2021, and we are pleased to introduce you to the groups, participants, and facilitators that will be collaborating over the next six weeks and beyond. We will share more as our work progresses throughout and after the Working Meeting.

National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery

Logo for the Lighting the Way projectLighting the Way is a project led by Stanford University Libraries running from September 2019-August 2021 focused on convening a series of meetings focused on improving discovery and delivery for archives and special collections. Through the Forum (February 2020) and Working Meeting (Spring 2021), the project will engage stakeholders and experts including archives, library, and technology workers. The meetings are intended 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.

Between February 8-March 8, 2021, the project will have an open application process for groups of archives, libraries, and technology workers who wish to participate in the Working Meeting to participate in faciliated activities and collaborative writing on topics of their choosing.

Project funding

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