Announcements (grants, training, etc.)

A few things that caught our attention over the past few PADG posts and mass emails:

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online. Grants normally last one to three years, and are given in amounts up to $150,000. Application deadline: Drafts (optional) are due April 1, 2011; the final deadline is June 9, 2011. Please visit NHPRC’s website for more details and complete guidelines.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access offer Preservation Assistance Grants to help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.  Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection functions. The 2011 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 3, 2011.

ALCTS offers a variety of online continuing education opportunities through webinars, web courses, and e-forums. There is an upcoming web course on Fundamentals of Preservation (Feb. 7-March 4, 2011), and an e-forum on Preservation Week @ Your Library (February 1-2, 2011).  Additional details and registration information can be found at http://www.ala.org/alcts/events.

Please save Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. to come to Yale University Library’s 3rd lecture of our Preservation Lecture Series.  Abby Smith Rumsey will be speaking at the Sterling Memorial Library on “But Storage is Cheap!…Digital Preservation in the Age of Abundance “.  Yale will make a more formal announcement closer to the event. A past lecture by James Reilly titled “Sustainable Stewardship: The New Thinking, Preservation Environments, and Building Operations” is on Yale’s YouTube channel.

The 2011 AIC workshops are being finalized. You can see more information and course offerings at the AIC education website.

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