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CLIR Invites Applications for Digitizing At-Risk Audio and Audiovisual Materials

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications from collecting institutions for the digital reformatting of audio and audiovisual materials, in its fifth call for the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitizing “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value.

For the fifth call, CLIR will award grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 for digital reformatting projects between 3 and 12 months carried out between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020.

The application deadline for the fifth call is February 8, 2019. Awards will be announced by April 30, 2019.

All audio and audiovisual formats are eligible, though applicants must partner with a qualified external service provider that can perform technically competent and cost-effective digital reformatting for the nominated format(s).

CLIR will hold an informational webinar for prospective applicants on Thursday, December 6, at 2:00 pm Eastern time. Prospective applicants can register in advance here. Please follow this link for more information:

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

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

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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.

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