LYRASIS Awarded IMLS Grant

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), LYRASIS will host a national discussion to explore development of a framework for collaborative archiving and retention of print monograph collections. Much has been accomplished in recent years to design and implement collaborative approaches for long-term retention of journal, newspaper, and government document collections, but approaches for monographs, due in part to the format’s complexities, have not been addressed on a broad, collaborative scale.

“The highlight of the six-month planning initiative will be a multi-day ’think tank’ scheduled for late October, and convening library leaders from across the country to define characteristics of a collaborative model and identify issues that need testing or research to confirm a framework for future action,” says Timothy Cherubini, LYRASIS Program Director for East Region Services and Project Director for this grant. This approach is borrowed from the 2003 “Preserving America’s Print Resources” planning discussions, which sparked significant activity on collaborative approaches to journal retention. Reports from the October ‘think tank’ event will be made available in early 2011.

IMLS Acting Director, Marsha L. Semmel notes, “National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grants provide opportunities to conduct research and develop the framework to support future projects that have the potential to generate new tools, research, models, services, practices, or alliances that will positively impact museums, libraries, and the communities they serve. These projects encourage partnerships that address national issues of importance impacting education, scholarship, and public service, and they encourage the broad application of standards and models to improve professional practice.”

LYRASIS’ proposal was one of four funded by the IMLS for 2010. LYRASIS is partnering in this effort with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the California Digital Library (CDL), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).

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