This free session provides an overview of the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
. The instructors will talk about the application process, provide tips for crafting a narrative, and answer any questions you have about applying for the grant.
Preservation Assistance Grants support collections care activities, such as preservation assessments, purchasing equipment or supplies, or other projects to help cultural heritage institutions care for their collections. Guidelines and further information about the grant program is available here.
Instructor: Annie Peterson
Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.
Instructor: Mary Downs
Mary E. Downs is Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where she coordinates programs that support small cultural heritage institutions to preserve their humanities collections and that document endangered languages. At NEH, Downs has led efforts to target funding for preservation of at-risk cultural heritage, for emergency and disaster preparedness, and for preservation and revitalization of Native American languages and cultures. She previously served at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Park Service. Her academic background is in Classics and Classical Archaeology; she holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.