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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 through the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitizing “at-risk” recorded content of high scholarly value.

CLIR will award grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 for digital reformatting projects that will be carried out between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021.

The application deadline is January 31, 2020. Awards will be announced in April.

Awards will cover direct costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or visual time-based media by eligible institutions working with experienced service providers. To make their determinations, CLIR’s independent review panel will assess the potential scholarly or public impact of proposed projects, the urgency of undertaking those projects, the viability of applicants’ plans for long-term preservation, and the overall cost-effectiveness of the proposals.

CLIR will hold an informational webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, November 19 at 3:00 pm Eastern time. Prospective applicants can complete a brief form to register for the webinar. More 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 @CLIRRaR.

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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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