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ARL and Ithaka S+R Awarded IMLS Grant to Study Digitized Special Collections

Press Release: Association of Research Libraries [September 30, 2010]

ARL and Ithaka S+R Awarded IMLS Grant to Study Digitized Special Collections

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in collaboration with Ithaka S+R, has been awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants Program in the amount of $464,286 to study how libraries, archives, and museums are sustaining digitized special collections. The 2-year study builds upon past work examining sustainability of digital resources done by Ithaka S+R.

"Our examination of digital resources through our case studies work showed us that project leaders need practical tools to help them ensure their project's long-term sustainability," says Laura Brown, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R. "This collaborative study will respond to that need by providing actionable recommendations, best practices, and planning tools to help project leaders in higher education, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and other organizations plan for sustaining their own special collections digitization projects."

Project activities under this cooperative agreement will include a survey of digitized special collections and focused interviews with leaders and project staff in selected cultural heritage organizations who manage those collections. The study’s final report of lessons learned, recommendations, and case studies will be freely shared through the partners’ websites, through a webcast, and conference presentations.

"Cultural memory organizations now have a significantly long experience in creating digital collections. As these projects have evolved from early development and experimentation to a permanent component of collection development, the issues of sustainability and preservation take on increased importance," says Charles Lowry, Executive Director, ARL. "ARL is pleased to work with Ithaka S+R to provide a current assessment of best practices to assist the field in advancing the digital collections agenda."

About The Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at

About Ithaka S+R

Ithaka S+R ( is a not-for-profit strategic consulting and research service that focuses on the transformation of scholarship and teaching in an online environment, with the goal of identifying the critical issues facing our community and acting as a catalyst for change. Ithaka S+R is a service provided by ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization, which also includes JSTOR and Portico

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Publication Year:2010
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:September 30, 2010
Publisher:Association of Research Libraries
Company: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
Record Number:15090
Last Update:2024-07-12 06:20:08
Date Created:2010-09-30 12:03:02