City of Savannah, Georgia, Research Library and Municipal Archives recipient of a Recordings at Risk grant

We would like to congratulate the City of Savannah Research Library & Municipal Archives (RLMA), who, partnering with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), has just received a grant for $13, 111 to reformat at-risk, rare audio recordings (34 open -reel tapes; estimated 43 hours; dating 1955-1978, undated) from the W. W. Law Collection.

From the announcement at

Westley Wallace “W. W.” Law (1923-2002) was a prominent civil rights leader, local historian, historic preservationist and community leader in Savannah, Georgia.  As president of the Savannah Branch NAACP from 1950-1976, his collection includes a variety of material related to the civil rights movement, not only in Savannah but throughout the United States.  The audio included in this project include speeches by NAACP leaders, civil rights events, recordings of regional musicians, and local history programs.  They will be valuable to researchers from a broad array of disciplines, including local and national scholars of American, social or music history, local community members, biographers, and students, among others.

The Recordings at Risk grant program 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 award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and September 2018.


CLIR Webinar Series on Best Practices for Increasing Usability of GLAM Collections Now Available

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has just made available a webinar series presenting techniques and best practices for increasing the visibility, usability, and sustainability of collections in the GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum) communities. It is now available online.
From their press release:
The series, Strategies for Advancing Hidden Collections (SAHC), includes six 90-minute webinars and an online resource library. Speakers highlight the unique needs of organizations with limited funding and resources, but content applies to all collecting institutions.
Drawing on lessons learned by teams awarded grants under CLIR’s Cataloging Hidden Collections program, webinars cover the following topics:
The online resource library gathers a wide range of resources compiled by the SAHC Curriculum Committee, speakers, and participants. The wiki format also allows any registered community member to add additional resources in the future.
Recordings can be accessed from the SAHC home page, any of the individual webinar pages, or the online resource library. Adobe Connect recordings are available now, but CLIR plans to provide access to additional formats in the future. Rough transcripts of the presentations are also available, as are PowerPoint files and transcripts of all chats. Those who view the recordings and wish to receive a Certificate of Completion can complete the relevant evaluation found with the recordings.
The series was made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.