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The advancement of knowledge is not bound by national lines, nor are the challenges facing preservation and access. CLIR has been an international leader in cultural heritage and information resources for more than 60 years, furthering its mission through partnerships, publications, and funding opportunities, in service of the global public good. If you are interested in partnering with CLIR on its global initiatives or learning more about our international work, contact CLIR invites institutions from around the world that share our values to become sponsors. Information on sponsorship is available here.

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Peace for Ukraine

CLIR Statement on Ukraine

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) stands with the people of Ukraine as they struggle against the unprovoked invasion of their country by


Apply Now for 2022 Community Data Fellowships

Apply Now for 2022 Community Data Fellowships New postdoctoral fellowships offer chance to work on projects to ethically capture and share data relevant to underrepresented

Where We Work

Map of featured CLIR initiatives and programs. Click on image below to go to interactive version.

History and Timeline

Timeline of CLIR's Global Milestones from the 1960s to Present. Background image: stock photo of mountains. Full text listing the featured milestones included in the image description.

Featured Initiatives

Examples of CLIR’s recent international engagement and partnerships.

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships

These two-year fellowships focused on data curation in Latin American and Caribbean Studies were offered as a specific track within CLIR’s broader postdoctoral fellowship program, which prepares new generations of librarians, curators, scholars, and researchers for work at the intersections of scholarship, teaching, and information in the emerging research environment.

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Digital Library of the Middle East

In response to the tragic displacement of people, loss of life in conflict zones, and ongoing threats to the cultural heritage of the Middle East through destruction, looting, and illicit trafficking, the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) has begun to federate Middle Eastern collections from around the world, creating a publicly accessible, interoperable digital library of cultural material. 

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Image: Gold applique from the Achaemenid period, ca. 6th-4th century B.C., Gift of Khalil Rabenou, 1956. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Mellon Dissertation Fellowships

Since 2002, CLIR has awarded more than 250 fellowships to scholars to support dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences using original sources around the world.

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Emergency Inventory and Digitization in Yemen. Background image: Griffon relief sculpture from Yemen AD 250.

Emergency Inventory and Digitization in Yemen

In partnership with the Antiquities Coalition, CLIR will complete an emergency digitization and inventory project to safeguard the collection of the National Museum of Aden.

Image: A Griffon from the royal palace at shabwa, the capital city of the kingdom of en:Hadhramaut in Yemen. National Museum, Aden NAM 1218, about AD 250.

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CLIR is spearheading the development of an advanced interoperable environment that preserves and makes accessible digitized cultural and scientific knowledge essential to addressing global challenges.

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Material Memory Podcast Series

A new podcast from CLIR explores what it takes to keep our recorded memory alive for use by future generations. The series examines threats to our cultural record, and what is at stake if it’s lost.

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Endangered Data Week

Endangered Data Week is a collaborative effort coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost.

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DLF International Fellowship

These awards encourage attendance at CLIR’s DLF Forum from members of the digital library community who are based in countries other than the United States.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program prepares recent PhDs for work at the intersections of scholarship, teaching, and information in the emerging global research environment.

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U Street Community Archiving Initiative

CLIR was a sponsor of “Remembering You: A U Street Community Archiving Initiative.” CLIR supported a panel on grants and an oral history initiative to preserve the memories of this historically black Washington DC neighborhood, including immigrant communities from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Brazil, and China.

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Image: “This Too Is Us” picture on the cover of the July 10, 1969 issue of the Capital Baptist. Courtesy of the MLK Public Library Washingtoniana Division.

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An Assessment of Postcustodial Projects in Latin America and Caribbean

This endeavor engages Latin American and Caribbean stakeholders in developing recommendations for collaborative digital projects with U.S. institutions regarding open access, technological needs, and institutional sustainability. The symposium provides a forum for regional stakeholders to share strategies, identify common areas of need, and disseminate recommendations for collaborative partnerships.

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Kurdish Heritage Digitization Project. Background image: Building in Eastern Kurdistan on mountain with man in front.

Kurdish Heritage Digitization Project

This collaboration by the Digital Library of the Middle East and Kurdish Heritage Institute (KHI) in Sulaymaniyah is digitizing the KHI’s extensive collection of books, photos, audio, and video files documenting Kurdish heritage, with funding from the US Embassy in Baghdad.

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Image: Structural views of buildings in Eastern Kurdistan, Kurdish Heritage Institute.

International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF; CLIR Affiliate). Background image: snapshot from Mirador viewer.

International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF; CLIR Affiliate)

IIIF is a growing community of the world’s leading libraries, archives, museums and other image repositories that have embarked on an effort to collaboratively produce an interoperable technology and community framework for image delivery.

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Open Repositories

The international Open Repositories Conference creates opportunities to explore the challenges faced by global academic library, research, preservation and access communities.

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International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC; CLIR Affiliate)

IIPC’s mission is to acquire, preserve, and make accessible knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere, promoting global exchange and international relations.

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