Working Meeting (Spring 2021)

The Lighting the Way Working Meeting on Archival Discovery and Delivery was series of online meetings and facilitated activities focused on convening small groups to develop a topic related to improving archival discovery and delivery. The Working Meeting had an open call for participation for potential participants to apply for a cohort dedicated to advancing an inclusive and technically integrated future for access and use of archival collections. The Working Meeting built on the work of Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery, held at Stanford University in February 2020.

Nine groups with a total of 52 individuals were selected from of a pool of 24 applications with a total of 100 individuals. Each group was assigned a facilitator who would work with them throughout the Working Meeting. Each of the nine groups were assigned a designated facilitator. In addition to the nine selected groups, the project team invited a tenth group of participants to provide a written contribution without synchronous participation in the facilitated sessions. The Working Meeting leveraged generative facilitation methods focused on strategic planning to address three goals:

  • To explore topics related to archival discovery and delivery, including those from the Forum.
  • To provide a welcoming and supportive environment for collaboration with groups organized by topic.
  • To facilitate the creation of written contributions for inclusion in the project's Handbook that describe both the present state and future opportunities.

Background and overview

The following video, prepared for potential participants, provides a background and overview of the goals and structure for the Lighting the Way Working Meeting.