Archival Discovery and Delivery: Announcing “The Lighting the Way Handbook”
The Lighting the Way project team is pleased to announce the publication of The Lighting the Way Handbook: Case Studies, Guidelines, and Emergent Futures for Archival Discovery and Delivery, edited by Mark A. Matienzo and Dinah Handel. It represents the synthesis of the work of participants in the Lighting the Way Working Meeting, a practitioner-focused strategic thinking opportunity intended to explore topics related to archival discovery and delivery. The Lighting the Way Handbook includes case studies on work at specific institutions, chapters exploring the impact of standards and best practices on archival discovery and delivery, and descriptions of emergent opportunities that advocate for new programmatic work, as well as an introduction that contextualizes the chapters, draws thematic connections between them, and provides concrete recommendations about how to advance work on archival discovery and delivery.
“Archival discovery and delivery” is the phrase used by Lighting the Way to describe what people, processes, and systems do to support finding, accessing, and using material from archives and special collections. It is intended to underscore the complexity and interdependence of the work, and to take a more expansive view of this work than one focused solely on archival functions as currently understood or as technical development and implementation. The Working Meeting focused on collaborative strategic planning through sessions facilitated using the Liberating Structures framework, and strategy knotworking, a method for participatory strategic planning. The chapters included in The Lighting the Way Handbook represent the application of these methods to understanding new approaches to collaboration and conceptualizing how to support archival discovery and delivery.
The Lighting the Way Handbook is available through the Stanford Digital Repository at its DOI (doi:10.25740/gg453cv6438), and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The volume will be supplemented by the final report of the project, to be published in November 2021.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.