CLIR Becomes Administrative Home for the IIPC

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has become the administrative home of the IIPC with the move of its senior program officer, Olga Holownia, to the CLIR staff.

Based in the Washington, D, area, CLIR forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. CLIR has a number of international affiliates, including IIIF and NDSA. These affiliations give organizations opportunities to engage meaningfully with new constituencies, and to work together toward integrating services, tools, platforms, research, and expertise across organizations in ways that will reduce costs, create greater efficiencies, and better serve our collective constituencies.

In 2017, IIPC became a CLIR Affiliate and CLIR agreed to serve as the organization’s fiscal agent, but IIPC staff were hosted by the British Library until Holownia’s move to CLIR. IIPC will remain independent, and its Steering Committee and Executive Board will continue to be responsible for setting the strategy, overseeing membership, tools development and outreach, as well as the Consortium’s key events.

“We warmly welcome Olga Holownia to the staff,” said CLIR president Charles Henry. “IIPC’s work is closely aligned with CLIR’s mission, and her presence will open new opportunities to enrich the work of both organizations.”

“We are thrilled that Olga has accepted the role of senior program officer with CLIR, after performing in a program officer role for many years through her position with the British Library,” said Abbie Grotke, IIPC Chair. “With CLIR now hosting this role in addition to other administrative host activities, the IIPC is well suited to serve its members and the broader web archiving community in the future.”

The IIPC community is encouraged to mark their calendars for CLIR’s Digital Library Federation (DLF) 2021 Forum, November 1-3. The annual Forum is a meeting place, marketplace, and congress for digital library practitioners, featuring panels, individual presentations, lightning talks, and birds of a feather sessions. The Forum program will be announced in late August, when registration opens. The 2021 Forum will be virtual and free of charge, as will its two affiliated events: Digital Preservation 2021, the annual conference of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) on November 4; and Learn@DLF, a workshop series, November 8-10.

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