GRANT OPPORTUNITY REMINDER:
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives – 2017
Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Material
From the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
The purpose of this program is to digitize and provide access to non-digital collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Its aims are to enhance the emerging global digital research environment in ways that support new kinds of scholarship for the long term and to ensure that the full wealth of resources held by memory institutions becomes integrated with the open Web. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has generously awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funds to support the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.
April 3, 2017 – Initial proposal deadline
Final proposal round is by invitation only.
Allowable requests for 2017: For single-institution projects: between $50,000 and $250,000. For collaborative projects: between $50,000 and $500,000.
The range of media that can be termed special collections or archives is not restricted. Increasingly, valuable collections are composed of many formats, from paper, moving images on film or video, all types of sound recordings, ephemera, specimens, electronic files or data sets, works of art, to myriad types of artifacts.
What qualifies as a hidden collection?
For the purposes of this program, applicants must convincingly argue that their collections are "hidden" in the sense that they cannot be exploited for important scholarly work until they are fully digitized, discoverable and accessible.
For complete grant information and eligibility requirements:
See the Digitizing Hidden Collections application guidelines.
QUESTIONS about the application process?
For questions which are not answered in the application guidelines, contact CLIR program staff. During the application period, CLIR accepts inquiries by e-mail only; no phone calls, please.
CLIR will hold free informational webinars for prospective applicants on Thursday, February 2, 2017 and Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern time. More information is available here.
Interested in working with NEDCC on a grant project? Need advice?
You may start the conversation by contacting:
Terrance D'Ambrosio, NEDCC Director of Imaging Services
Bryce Roe, NEDCC Manager of Audio Preservation Services