Mellon Funds WEST

From PADG, quoting the press release:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of California Libraries a three-year grant to support implementation of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed shared print repository program for retrospective journal archives.

Under the WEST program, participating libraries will consolidate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations. Planning partners developed an operating and business model including 1) selection priorities based on risk-management principles, 2) standards for validation, holdings disclosure, access and retention, and 3) a governance model and sustainable financial plan to share costs.

The outcome of the WEST project will be a robust framework developed and adopted by a variety of partners in the region to support a long-term, distributed print repository. The program will make the archives and retention commitments visible at the national/international level.

For further information see the official press release in its entirety.

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 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

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.

Mellon grants support education and training of library and archives conservators

It is a big news day!

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded major grants in support of the education and training of library and archive conservators to the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College, the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware and the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Per the announcement:

The goal of these new programs will be to enhance and expand upon the training of library and archive conservators at the graduate level.  The pilot projects will involve collaborative partnerships with local universities, libraries and archives to connect various resources within a focused, consolidated program of study.  These programs will build upon current curricula while expanding special training through library and information courses, practical instruction from leading conservators and focused summer and winter intersession workshops.  Each academic program is designed to accommodate up to two entering students per academic year who will specialize in library and archive conservation. We are all very excited to play an active role in addressing the on-going need for library and archive conservators to care for America’s cultural heritage collections.”

Each institution has an announcement detailing their plans to fulfill this exciting opportunity: