Preservation Funding for Massachusetts
2017 Town-wide Preservation Assessment and Collections Identification Grant
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to offer a second year of the Town-Wide Preservation Assessment and Collections Identification Grant, designed to provide free resources for public libraries and other institutions with cultural heritage collections. This is the first step in the process of preserving, arranging and describing, and digitizing local collections for access through the Digital Commonwealth.
Who is eligible?
Public Libraries may apply on behalf of the other repositories in the community, including historical societies, museums, churches, municipal organizations, and archives.
In partnership with MBLC, the Digital Commonwealth, and the Massachusetts Roving Archivist, this project provides training and resources for preservation planning. Each site will receive a preservation assessment of their collections, and will participate in discussions with their neighboring organizations to grow local preservation efforts. Participants will be prepared to create a long-term preservation plan, and identify materials to be digitized through the Digital Commonwealth to improve access.
Benefits of a Preservation Needs Assessment:
- The preservation needs assessment is often the first step in an institution’s long-term preservation initiative.
- A long-range Preservation Plan for each participating institution is created as a result of the assessment.
- The assessment will help identify collections of historical significance that would need arrangement and description in order to become candidates for digitization through Digital Commonwealth
- Many granting agencies require such assessments before funding storage improvements or treatment.
November 18, 2016
Town-wide Preservation Assessment Fact Sheet
Town-wide Preservation Assessment Application Form
Elena Cordova at NEDCC
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall at MBLC