Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): Recordings at Risk

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Marc Armstrong, Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure
RE: Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): Recordings at Risk

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Program Summary: Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value.  Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will run four competitions from January 2017 to September 2018 and will award a total of $2.3 million.  This December 2017 call for proposals follows the pilot call in January and the first open call in June with awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by eligible institutions working with qualified service providers.

Limitation/Eligibility: Only one application per institution per funding cycle is allowed.  Both the organization and its collections must be located in the US.  The program is primarily focused on analog-to-digital reformatting, though digital media formats are not necessarily disallowed.  There is no 100% comprehensive list of allowable formats, but this partial list identifies many of the basic format types that are eligible:

• Audio: open-reel audio tape, compact cassette, shellac/vinyl/lacquer disc, wax cylinder, wire recording, microcassette, digital audio tape (DAT), compact disc, MiniDisc

• Video: VHS, U-Matic, 8mm, Betamax, Betacam, Digital8, DV, MiniDV

• Film: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, Super 8

UI Internal Deadline: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sponsor’s Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018

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