Atlanta, GA - June 10, 2014 - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded LYRASIS a grant of $265,000 to provide preservation programming for organizations in its membership region that hold and provide access to humanities collections and resources. The two-year project begins July 2014 and will provide education, training, consulting and information resources to raise awareness of preservation issues and improve preservation planning and practices across the full spectrum of humanities collections held by libraries and other cultural heritage organizations. This grant award marks the 30 year anniversary of the LYRASIS (formerly SOLINET) preservation field services program, which began in January 1985 and has run continuously since its inception.
The program focuses on preservation within the context of small and mid-size libraries, archives, historical societies and museums. These institutions hold extensive and valuable collections acquired over many years to support education, research and public programming in the humanities. Their collections document the history and culture of communities, states and nations, providing insight into the evolution of society and government; arts, music, and literature; and the lives of individuals and organizations. Future and sometimes current access to these resources is at risk due to age, use, inherent instability of media (such as magnetic tapes and acidic paper), storage in poor environments, technology obsolescence, disasters and lack of planning and funding to support long-term access. The LYRASIS preservation field services program will offer support, including training, to librarians, archivists, curators and other staff members to enable them to successfully ensure the preservation of, and access to, the content in humanities collections.
"We are honored to continue our long-held tradition of sharing expertise, resources and services with our members and the community in order to preserve, maintain and enhance their collections," stated Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS. "This grant reinforces our commitment to work collaboratively with members to ensure preservation and sustainability of access to content in libraries and cultural heritage organizations."
LYRASIS partners with member libraries and cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.