Archive for July, 2010

American Heritage Preservation Grants

July 27, 2010

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the FY 2011 guidelines for the American Heritage Preservation Program.

This public-private partnership will fund the preservation of endangered and fragile art works, rare books, and historical documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in small and medium-sized museums, archives, and libraries.

The grants of up to $3,000 are aimed at completing
stand-alone projects that convey the essential character and experience of the United States.

To access complete application guidelines, go to:

Eligible institutions may apply for projects in the following areas:
– Treatment of library, museum and archival collections
– Improvement of collections storage
– Environmental improvement of collections

For more information, call or email
American Heritage Preservation Grant Staff:
Christine Henry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4674
Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4662


Alert: NHPRC reauthorization bill

July 23, 2010

Picked up from the SC Archival Association Listserv who picked it up from the Society of American Archivists …

***Action Alert***  NHPRC reauthorization passed the Senate (S. 2872) on July 12, but has not passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (H. 5616). It is vital that they pass together, which means that the House version must pass before the first week of August!

Please consider contacting the members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee TODAY and urge them to support the passage of H. 5616!

Advice on how to do this, from SAA:  All Members of Congress can be reached via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Letters, e-mails, and phone calls from constituents within each member’s district are most effective, but so are contacts by individual members of national, state, regional, and local organizations. A list of the House Committee members, with direct links to their office websites and phone numbers, is available on the National Coalition for History website <> as is a briefing paper with information to assist in making your case for NHPRC. –Courtney Chartier, Assistant Head,  Archives Research Center,  Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library <>

Inexpensive PALMCOP Workshop: Phase Box

July 16, 2010

PALMCOP Phase Box Workshop
August 5, 2010
Special Collections, Winthrop University

A terrific workshop for the cost of lunch!  Save money on book preservation as well!! 

This workshop will teach attendees to make simple, economical, and preservation-quality protective housing for fragile and damaged books. The session will focus on techniques that do not require expensive equipment and supplies and can be performed successfully after a short training period.  In other words, just the type of training that will be of greatest benefit to our hard-pressed organizations!

Audience: Space is limited to 12 people and no prior training is needed.

Cost: The fee is $10 to cover the cost of lunch, which will be provided; the workshop is free.

Food: A vegetarian option is available. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact DebbieLee Landi.

RSVP: Please RSVP to DebbieLee Landi by August 2, 2010 and the form is below.

Please make checks payable to PALMCOP and send your check to Heather South. Her address is Preservation Officer, SC Department of Archives and History, Columbia, SC 29223.

Location: Special Collections, Winthrop University.

Parking: Instructions to follow from Gina White, Winthrop University.

Time: 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM, beginning with lunch at 11:30.

Supplies: Please bring two books less than 9 inches tall, less than 7 inches wide and less than 2 ½ inches thick. We will make phase boxes for those books during the workshop. Please also bring a standard desk size pair of scissors. You may want to bring a bib or apron to cover your clothes.  Pretty basic, isn’t it?

If you have questions regarding book selection, please see or contact Marie Ferrara at

Registration Form



DebbieLee Landi
Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist
206B James B. Duke Library
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613-4100

[I’m sending my assistant, Charmaine, to learn how to create these cost effective but very important containers for disintegrating bound materials.  Your institution will get fantastic returns on its investment!]  — gmc

New Grant for Libraries and Museums!

July 15, 2010

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums initiative is a new funding opportunity developed by IMLS to expand and test the boundaries of library, archive, and museum services and practices. It provides small, targeted investments in high-risk, innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. Innovation is the key to using time, money, and staff more productively, and to helping cultural heritage institutions improve their services, processes, programs, and products. These grants will support the testing of specific innovations and foster broad sharing of information about what works and what does not. Because innovations can emerge in a variety of settings, the Sparks! Ignition Grants initiative is structured to encourage participation by organizations of all types and sizes. Partnerships are permitted, but not required.


FY 2011 Deadline: November 15, 2010

 Grant Amount: Up to $25,000  Grant Period: Up to one year


 Matching Requirement: No matching requirements.


Beaufort District Collection is Moving starting this Monday!!!

July 14, 2010

The long awaited relocation of the Beaufort District Collection will start Monday, July 19th.  During the closure, staff will conduct an inventory of all the historical and cultural materials and equipment held in trust by the Beaufort District Collection for the citizens and residents of Beaufort County. 

During our research room relocation, the public will have access to our “Virtual BDC” resources, the branch library local history sections, and the considerable skills of the rest of the reference staff within the library system.   BDC Staff and materials housed only in the BDC will not be accessible during the relocation process.  

Call any member of the Library’s competent reference staff at our branch libraries if you need assistance in finding information about your personal local history and genealogical research topics. 

In case you don’t know about the components of “The Virtual BDC,” here’s a little teaser from our web page:

“The Virtual BDC” is open

24 hours a day/ 7 days a week/ 365 days a year except in a Leap year, when it’s 366 days a year!  —


What are the components of the “Virtual BDC?”

All going well — assuming all the equipment gets moved without difficulty, there are no interruptions for extreme weather events and/or reductions in BDC staff hours because of the County’s budget constraints (I know it’s a lot of perhapses) — The Beaufort District Collection will re-open to the public on Wednesday, September 29th at 10 am.

At least that is our plan. 

Please note: I will do my best to monitor incoming e-mail from other members of the Consortium and respond appropriately to your messages.   As of Monday, July 19th, we are shutting down all access to materials housed only in the BDC which also means we won’t be working any reference questions or offering any research advice until we re-open the Research Room at the end of September.  We’ll be solely concentrating on getting intellectual control over all the materials entrusted into our care. Expect updates about the relocation process — and party plans — from time to time. — Grace