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Grant Opportunity: Digitizing Hidden Collections

26 Feb 2015 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
GRANT OPPORTUNITY REMINDER:
Hidden collections in Maine?
(Don't miss the information session on March 4!)

DIGITIZING HIDDEN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES:<http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections> Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funds to create a national competition in 2015 to digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Its aim is to ensure that the full wealth of resources held by institutions of cultural heritage becomes integrated with the open Web.

DEADLINE: Initial proposal due:  April 30, 2015
(The application process has two phases. The initial proposal round is open, and those interested in applying for a grant through this program must submit an initial proposal by April 30. The final proposal round is by invitation only.)

GRANT AMOUNTS:  Maximum allowable request for 2015: single-institution projects: $250,000 / collaborative projects: $500,000  (Minimum allowable request for 2015: $50,000)

WHAT FORMATS ARE ELIGIBLE?
The range of media that can be termed special collections or archives is not restricted. Increasingly, valuable collections are composed of many formats, from paper, moving images on film or video, all types of sound recordings, ephemera, specimens, electronic files or data sets, works of art, to myriad types of artifacts.

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A HIDDEN COLLECTION?
For the purposes of this program, applicants must convincingly argue that their collections are "hidden" in the sense that they cannot be exploited for important scholarly work until they are fully digitized, discoverable and accessible.

COMPLETE INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES:  http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections

NOTE:
LIVE INFORMATION SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern time: CLIR will host a question-and-answer session for prospective applicants. See CLIR for more details: http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicants

QUESTIONS?
For questions which are not answered in the application guidelines<http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicants/applicantguidelines.html/applicantguidelines.html>, contact CLIR program staff at hiddencollections@clir.org<mailto:hiddencollections@clir.org>.
During the application period, CLIR accepts inquiries by e-mail only; no phone calls, please.


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