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IMLS Issues Call for Applications for National Leadership Grants-Libraries

Posted in Grants on December 4th, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued a call for applications for National Leadership Grants-Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The guidelines for National Leadership Grants-Libraries have changed this year. Because the program is no longer aligned with National Leadership Grants for Museums, it no longer includes a category for Library-Museum Collaboration. Museum applicants should see the National Leadership Grants for Museums guidelines on the IMLS website. Collaboration is still an important characteristic of successful grant applications, and partnerships with museums and other libraries and community organizations are encouraged, but not required. Collaborative partnerships can help demonstrate a broad need, field-wide buy-in and input, access to appropriate expertise, and sharing of resources.

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    Digital Public Library of America Gets $250,000 Grant from IMLS for Digital Hubs Pilot Program

    Posted in Digital Libraries, Grants on September 13th, 2012

    The Digital Public Library of America has been awarded a $250,000 grant by IMLS for its Digital Hubs Pilot Program.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today a $250,000 grant to support the development of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The National Leadership Grant for Libraries in the Advancing Digital Resources category will help fund the launch of the DPLA's Digital Hubs Pilot Program, a project that will take the first steps to bring together existing U.S. digital library infrastructure into a sustainable national digital library system. . . .

    Under the Digital Hubs Pilot Program, the DPLA will partner with existing statewide digital library projects (service hubs) and existing large content repositories (content hubs) to define, test, and implement digital services and participation agreements. Led by DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore, the Hubs Program will establish foundational sites in the DPLA, a distributed national network of connected service and content hubs.

    This grant specifically will support the planning and implementation of a regional service hub pilot at the Mountain West Digital Library, including the set up and coordinated rollout of regional digital services, such as digitization services, metadata consultation, data aggregation, repository services, and community programming, as well as related workshops and meetings.

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      Simons Foundation Gives arXiv Multi-Year Operating Grant

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Grants, Open Access on August 28th, 2012

      The Simons Foundation has given arXiv a multi-year matching operating grant from 2013 through 2017.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Thanks to an operating grant from the Simons Foundation, Cornell University Library has helped arXiv take a major step toward sustainability. Beginning in January and running through 2017, the Simons Foundation will provide up to $300,000 per year as a matching gift for the funds generated through arXiv's membership fees. The grant also provides $50,000 per year as an "unconditional gift" that recognizes the Library's stewardship of arXiv. . ..

      The Library has been steering arXiv toward sustainability since January 2010, when it launched an initiative to create a business model that would engage libraries and research laboratories that benefit most from arXiv's service. A 2011 planning grant from Simons Foundation helped arXiv's leaders develop operating principles and establish a governing board for the new model.

      Annual membership fees, paid by voluntary contribution from these institutions, help cover arXiv's costs—and, now, will provide a sum for the Simons Foundation to match.

      The newly established model has garnered partners all over the globe. To date, more than 120 member institutions in over a dozen countries have pledged their support, totaling $285,000. Among the 100 institutions that use arXiv most heavily, nearly three-quarters committed to five-year pledges.

      | Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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        Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

        Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on August 16th, 2012

        The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. The application deadline is September 25, 2012 for projects that begin in May 2013.

        Here's an excerpt announcement:

        Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve

        • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
        • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets;
        • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
        • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
        • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
        • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.

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          "De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on August 14th, 2012

          Dianne Dietrich, Trisha Adamus, Alison Miner, and Gail Steinhart have published "De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders" in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Research libraries have sought to apply their information management expertise to the management of digital research data. This focus has been spurred in part by the policies of two major funding agencies in the United States, which require grant recipients make research outputs, including publications and research data, openly available. As many academic libraries are beginning to offer or are already offering assistance in writing and implementing data management plans, it is important to consider how best to support researchers. Our research examined the current data management requirements of major US funding agencies to better understand data management requirements facing researchers and the implications for libraries offering data management services for researchers.

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            Wellcome Trust Enforces Its Open Access Policy More Vigorously

            Posted in Grants, Open Access on June 28th, 2012

            The Wellcome Trust is enforcing its open access policy with three new rules.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            Since 2006, its open access policy has required that all research papers funded in whole or in part by the Wellcome Trust be made available via the UK PubMed Central repository as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of the date of publication. At present, only 55 per cent of research papers acknowledging Wellcome Trust funding comply with its open access policy. . . .

            Sir Mark has written to university vice-chancellors and the directors of the Trust's major overseas programmes to outline the steps that the Trust will be taking:

            • When Trust-funded researchers prepare final grant reports, it will require the principal investigator's institution to provide assurance that all papers associated with the grant comply with the Trust's policy. If they are unable to do this, the final payment on the grant will be withheld.
            • Non-compliant publications will be discounted as part of a researcher's track record in any renewal of an existing grant or new grant application.
            • Trust-funded researchers will be required to ensure that all publications associated with their Wellcome-funded research are compliant with the Trust's policy before any funding renewals or new grant awards will be activated.

            All three steps will apply to research articles published from 1 October 2009 onwards.

            | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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              NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants

              Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on April 16th, 2012

              The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting grant proposals for its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

              Here's an excerpt from the program guidelines:

              Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more of the following activities:

              • arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
              • cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
              • providing conservation treatment (including deacidification) for collections, leading to enhanced access;
              • digitizing collections;
              • preserving and improving access to born-digital sources;
              • developing databases, virtual collections, or other electronic resources to codify information on a subject or to provide integrated access to selected humanities materials; . . . .
              • developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographic information systems (GIS); and
              • designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.

              | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                NEH Announces New Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Recipients

                Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 21st, 2012

                The National Endowment for the Humanities's Office of Digital Humanities has announced the recipients of 22 new Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

                The announcement was part of a larger announcement of $17 million in grants for 208 humanities projects. A state-by-state list of these grants is available.

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                  NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants

                  Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on March 14th, 2012

                  The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting proposals for its Preservation and Access Research and Development grants program.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  NEH especially encourages applications that address the following topics:

                  • Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials;
                  • Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and
                  • Preventive Conservation: how to protect humanities collections and slow their deterioration through the use of sustainable preservation strategies.

                  | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                    NEH Office of Digital Humanities Releases Videos of 2011 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Project Directors’ Presentations

                    Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on February 19th, 2012

                    The NEH's Office of Digital Humanities has released short videos of project directors of 2011 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants discussing their projects.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    We're happy to say that we now have videos from the annual Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting, held September 27, 2011 at the Old Post Office in Washington, DC. This meeting brought together top researchers in the digital humanities from across the United States.

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                      IMLS Issues Call for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums Proposals

                      Posted in Grants on November 30th, 2011

                      The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued call for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums proposals.

                      Here's an excerpt from Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums:

                      The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

                      Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.

                      To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics:

                      Broad Potential Impact—You should identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project's focus area and discuss its potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.

                      Significant Innovation—The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. You must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or takes advantage of an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.

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                        IMLS Issues Call for National Leadership Grants Proposals

                        Posted in Grants on November 30th, 2011

                        The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued a call for National Leadership Grants proposals.

                        Here's an excerpt from National Leadership Grants:

                        The National Leadership Grant program accepts applications under four main categories:

                        • Advancing Digital Resources—Support the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of tools to enhance access, use, and management of digital assets.
                        • Research—Support research that investigates key questions that are important to museum, library, and archival practice.
                        • Demonstration—Support projects that produce a replicable model or practice that is usable, adaptable, or scalable by other institutions for improving services and performance.
                        • Library Museum Collaboration Grants— Support collaborative projects (between museums and/or libraries and other community organizations) that address the educational, economic, cultural, or social needs of a community. In 2012, a funding priority will be projects that promote early learning.

                        Applicants may choose to submit a Project Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant proposal in any of the above categories.

                        • Project Grants support fully developed projects for which needs assessments, partnership development, feasibility analyses, prototyping, and other planning activities have been completed.
                        • Planning Grants allow project teams to perform preliminary planning activities that could lead to a subsequent full project, such as needs and feasibility analyses, solidifying partnerships, developing project work plans, or developing prototypes or proofs of concept.¬†Applications for Planning Grants must include at least one formal partner in addition to the lead applicant.
                        • National Forum Grants provide the opportunity to convene qualified groups of experts and key stakeholders to consider issues or challenges that are important to libraries, museums, and/or archives across the nation. Grant-supported meetings are expected to produce widely disseminated reports with expert recommendations for action or research that address a key challenge identified in the proposal. The expert recommendations resulting from these meetings are intended to guide future proposals to the National Leadership Grant program.

                        | New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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