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Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR $1.5 Million Operating Grant

Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR $1.5 Million Operating Grant

Contact:  Kathlin Smith

Washington, DC, June 26, 2015-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a 24-month, $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2015.

“We are, as always, very grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s generous support of CLIR,” said CLIR Board Chairman David Gift. “The alignment of Mellon’s mission with that of CLIR, and our complementary organizational capabilities, have made this multiyear collaboration a powerful means for achieving notable advances in the information assets, tools, and professional leadership needed to support effective scholarship today and well into the future. It is wonderful to see this work continue.”

“The Foundation’s grant affirms CLIR’s pivotal role in higher education today and significantly helps to sustain us, providing the Council with opportunities to recruit the very finest staff who in turn manage and design the exemplary programs and projects in service to our growing constituency,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “I am deeply grateful for the continued funding from the Mellon Foundation in support of our operations.”

The grant provides core support that allows CLIR to undertake a range of activity: fostering cross-disciplinary thought leadership through its publications, meetings, and annual DLF Forum; evolving its tactical programs, including Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, the Digital Library Federation, and Committee on Coherence at Scale; and expanding professional development opportunities, including the Postdoctoral Fellowship ProgramMellon Dissertation Fellowship, and Leading Change Institute.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

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