IMLS Grant to Fund Preservation Self-Assessment Program

The University Library will receive a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The Library will partner with the William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum; the McLean County Museum of History; Heritage Preservation, Inc.; the Chicago History Museum; the Illinois Heritage Association; and the Illinois State Library to develop the Preservation Self-Assessment Program, a free computer-based tool that will help library, museum, and archives staff to conduct physical assessment and prioritization of preservation needs for paper-based and photographic materials. This tool will build upon the project director Jennifer Hain Teper‘s previous work developing a similar tool for assessing audio-visual collections, and will produce a detailed preservation report prioritizing collection items in order of preservation need. The tool will be designed to allow interoperation with other emerging software tools such as the open-source Archives Space collections management tool.

Award announcement from IMLS

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University of Illinois Library Awarded IMLS Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded the University of Illinois Library three National Leadership Grants! Congratulations to everyone on all of these successful proposals!  We look forward to seeing the research, services, and enhanced practice that will come from the proposed work. Continue reading

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Congratulations to:

Jim Hahn and Qiang Jin were awarded a Research and Publication grant to support their research project titled, “Formative Evaluation of Linked Library Data.”

JoAnn Jacoby, head of Reference, Research and Scholarly Services unit, was elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of ALA’s Library Research Round Table.

Kathleen Kern, of the Reference, Research and Scholarly Services unit, was elected as Vice-President/President-Elect of ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Becky Smith, of Business Information Services, was elected as a member-at-large of RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS).

Sarah Williams, Funk Library, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of USAIN (United States Agricultural Information Network). Sarah will serve a two-year term as a Director, starting June 1st.

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