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CLIR Invites Applications for Digitizing At-Risk Audio Materials

Pilot phase of new Recordings at Risk grant program focuses on preservation reformatting
of magnetic audio media


Washington, DC, January 4, 2017—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications from collecting institutions for the digital reformatting of magnetic audio materials, as part of the pilot phase of the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitally reformatting “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value.

In this pilot cycle, CLIR will award approximately $150,000 for the preservation reformatting of magnetic audio media through the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s (NEDCC’s) newly established audio preservation service. Grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 will be awarded for projects of up to 12 months, to fall between May 2017 and April 2018.

The application deadline for the pilot project is March 3, 2017. Awards will be announced April 30, 2017.

Prospective applicants must obtain confirmation from NEDCC that their proposed audio reformatting project merits NEDCC’s “high-touch, high-quality” technical approach. NEDCC will then work with applicants on a detailed quote and a letter of support, which must be submitted with the application package to CLIR. CLIR and NEDCC will hold an informational webinar for prospective applicants on January 12 at 2:00 pm Eastern time.

Information for applicants, including a link to the online application form, is available on CLIR’s website at:

Subsequent calls will allow applicants to submit proposals nominating both audio and audiovisual materials for preservation reformatting, in addition to selecting the qualified digitization service provider of their choice.

News and future developments with the Recordings at Risk program will be available through the program website and Twitter.

The Council on Library and Information Resources 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.

Founded in 1973, the nonprofit Northeast Document Conservation Center serves cultural institutions and individuals nationwide, offering conservation treatment, digital imaging, audio preservation, assessments and consultations, training programs, disaster assistance, and free web resources.

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