With bells on our toes we're happy to let everyone know that the UCSC Library has been awarded one of the Institute for Museum and Library Services' prestigious National Leadership Grants. (http://www.imls.gov/recipients/recipients.shtm.) We just found out that the proposal we submitted earlier this year to support the digitization of the Grateful Dead Archive was favorably approved and we are to receive $615,175 for our project "Creating a Virtual Terrapin Station: Blending Traditional & Socially Constructed Archives for Research and Teaching."
As Ginny Steel, our University Librarian, says," this will put the UCSC Library right at the forefront in making archival content available." Funding from this federal institute supports the nation's libraries and museums and sustains American heritage, culture and knowledge. Our IMLS grant will allow us to digitize materials from the Grateful Dead Archive and make them accessible in a unique and cutting-edge Web site, the Virtual Terrapin Station. The site will provide access to materials, and tools to facilitate public contributions to the Archive.
As summarized in the IMLS' site about this year's awardees:
"This project will enable the university to convert a significant part of a traditional archive to digital form and make it available online while simultaneously experimenting with the impact of fostering, creating, and curating a large, socially constructed archive. The project will develop a click-through permissions form for content contributors and will extend the reach of the Grateful Dead Archive to the academic research community. It will also implement and contribute to the development of the IMLS-funded exhibition tool, Omeka (http://omeka.org)."