MBLC/MLS announces another Special Collections in Smaller Libraries session that complements, and builds on the content of the first. Speakers include State and Federal partners who provide free resources, programs, and grant opportunities that are specifically designed to support your work to preserve and provide access to your local history, archive, and other special collections. The event is targeted to library workers, librarians, archivists, and collection volunteers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but all who may benefit from the event are invited to join.
Panelists from the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Division of Preservation & Access will provide background about their respective grant programs, including useful information such as the criteria to help you consider whether you might be a good fit to apply; what to expect in their processes; and timelines for applications. A panelist from Boston Public Library (BPL) Digital Services will outline Digital Commonwealth (DC) services beyond just their well-known and important free digitization program, discussing how DC’s hosting and digital infrastructure are designed to provide long-term digital preservation and access for your content, in multiple formats. Please join us for this session, which of course includes time for no-pressure Q&A.