The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the pilot cycle of the 'Recordings at Risk' program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio recordings of high scholarly value. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will run four competitions from Jan 2017 to September 2018, and will award a total of $2.3 Million.

PILOT CALL: Audiotape at Risk

DEADLINE:  March 3, 2017

To help develop guidelines and review criteria for the new regranting program, CLIR is issuing a pilot call for proposals in partnership with NEDCC. The pilot call will focus only on the reformatting of magnetic and digital audio media (open reel, DAT, and cassette tapes) to be digitized through NEDCC's expanded audio preservation service. CLIR will convene an independent review panel to assess proposals.  After the review in May 2017, CLIR will disburse a total of $150,000, in awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.  [Institutions with large collections may want to use this initial funding to propose a pilot project for their collection, which would provide a confident basis for a future "Digitizing Hidden Collections" grant application to complete the entire collection.]

OPEN COMPETITIONS: Audio and/or Audiovisual Media at Risk

DEADLINES: June 2017, December 2017, and May 2018

CLIR will then launch a series of three open competitions for audio and/or audiovisual digitization, disbursing $2.15 million in funds over two years. Awards from the open competitions will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by eligible institutions working independently or with qualified service providers.

CLIR's review panelists will assess: Potential scholarly and public impact of proposed projects; urgency of undertaking the reformatting to avoid risk of loss; viability of applicants' plans for long-term preservation; and overall cost-effectiveness of the proposals.

CLIR and NEDCC will hold an informational webinar for prospective applicants on January 12 at 2:00 pm Eastern time. Watch the NEDCC website for details.


FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION and Guidelines, Visit CLIR Recordings at Risk:

INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH NEDCC on a CLIR Recordings at Risk project?

Contact Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation Services

broe (@) nedcc(.)org, 978-470-1010 ext. 238