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.
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