subject: hidden collections awards special collections preproposals cataloging hidden collections
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Contact: Kathlin Smith
CLIR Requests Preproposals for Hidden Collections Grant
Washington, DC, January 19, 2011-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today opened the preproposal application period for its Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program. Information about the program and links to the online application and guidelines are available at https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/index.html. The deadline for submitting completed preproposals is Friday, March 11, 2011. All applicants are required to submit a preproposal; final proposals will be accepted only from applicants whose preproposals are approved by the program’s review panel.
In 2011 the program expects to award about $4 million in grants that range from $75,000 to $500,000. Applicants may request terms as short as 12 months or as long as 36 months, or any period in between. A review panel will evaluate proposals and select the award recipients; payments will be made by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Decisions will be announced by December 31, 2011, and applicants may begin their projects anytime between January 1, 2012, and March 1, 2012.
The program will award funds to institutions holding collections of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate through existing 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 www.clir.org.