The University of Michigan Library has announced that a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund a new position within its system, and as a result enhance its ability to preserve and make available to the public its extensive print collection.
The $1.25 million grant from the foundation includes $250,000 for the express purpose of not only hiring a Conservation Librarian, but also maintaining this endowed position over the next three years. The library will be charged with matching $1 million in endowment funds over that same period to achieve a total endowment of $2 million.
In an article published January 22 to the U-M Library website, the Head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation, Shannon Zachary, is quoted in part as saying, "The digitization of unique archival and special collections material requires substantial commitment from conservation staff, which evaluates and sometimes repairs items prior to scanning, and monitors the impact of the imaging process on the materials."
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