Opportunity for “At Risk” Audio and Audiovisual Materials

Preservation needs extend beyond paper and microfiche holdings.  Do you have any  “at risk” audio or audiovisual materials in your collection?  The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received $2,725,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of ‘high scholarly value’. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.

To help develop guidelines and criteria for the program, CLIR will issue a pilot call for proposals, in partnership with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), in January 2017.  Following the initial competition for audio reformatting at NEDCC, CLIR will launch a series of three open competitions, disbursing $2.15 million in funds over two years. Calls for proposals will be issued in June 2017, December 2017, and May 2018. Awards from the open competitions will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover direct costs of preservation reformatting for audio and audiovisual content by eligible institutions working independently or with qualified service providers.

You can read the entire press release here.  Consider items in your collection which may be eligible!