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CLIR Requests Proposals for Hidden Collections Grant

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CLIR Press Releases

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2008

Amy Lucko

CLIR Requests Proposals for Hidden Collections Grant

Washington, D.C.—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has opened the application period for its new grant program, Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives. Information about the program and links to the online application and guidelines are available at The deadline for completed applications is September 2, 2008.

CLIR expects to award about $4 million in grants that range from $75,000 to $500,000. A review panel will evaluate proposals and select award recipients. Decisions will be announced by early November 2008, and applicants may begin their projects anytime between December 1, 2008 and March 1, 2009.

The program will award funds to institutions holding collections of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate through finding aids. Award recipients will create descriptive information for their hidden collections that will be linked to and interoperable with all other projects funded by this grant, to form a federated environment that can be built upon over time. Funding for the program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit, organization whose mission is to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. Through publications, projects, and programs, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come. In partnership with other institutions, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of “library” and supports the providers and preservers of information. Information about CLIR and its work is available at

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