CLIR Receives $340,000 Bridge Grant from the Mellon Foundation
Grant extends program support for
Digitizing Hidden Collections: Amplifying Unheard Voices program
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a $340,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support an extended period of staffing needed to administer the Digitizing Hidden Collections: Amplifying Unheard Voices (DHC-AUV) grant program. With an explicit focus on collections that contain “hidden” histories, the program, funded in early 2021, is an adaptation of the previous Digitizing Hidden Collection awards program and will announce its first round of recipients later this month.
The bridge grant will cover additional staff time needed to manage DHC-AUV as a result of pandemic-related schedule disruptions. The grant will also allow time for staff to incorporate findings from an ongoing DHC-AUV assessment into planning for possible future iterations of the program.
“CLIR is dedicated to assisting organizations prioritize and share collections that document communities currently underrepresented in digital libraries,” said CLIR president Charles Henry. “We are deeply grateful to the Mellon Foundation for this award, which further strengthens our commitment to reveal and integrate marginalized and suppressed voices vital to a more accurate, encompassing, and discerning understanding of our historical narrative.”
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.