GLAM(NA) was established in 2010 at the initiative of Michael Forstrom, Jennifer Meehan (now at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library), and Heather Dean (now at University of Victoria Libraries), then archivists at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale University), in collaboration with colleagues at other repositories in both the U.S. and Canada.
The goals of GLAM(NA) are to:
- Provide those who create, manage, and use literary archives with a forum for collaboration and discussion, both online and at meetings. Organize symposia in order to bring together members and other interested parties.
- Foster partnerships across institutional and professional boundaries in order to facilitate collaborative research and joint-projects pertinent to literary archives.
- Provide resources for those who create, manage, and use literary archives, in order to ensure appropriate appreciation for, and custodianship of, literary archives.
- Address legal and ethical issues, such as copyright, privacy, and cultural property, as they relate to literary archives. Partner with national and international organizations in various related fields.