Building on a successful planning grant completed in 2011, in July 2013, the University of
Illinois Libraries, with Preservation as PI, was awarded a $300,000
Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage implementation grant to replace the
aging HVAC system in the Archives Research Center (in the Horticultural Field Laboratory Building)
and install fire suppression to greatly increase the long-term preservation of valuable historical
materials housed within. Click the project header, above, for more information and a public
notice regarding necessary alterations to a historically significant building.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the
title) is a web application being developed to aid collection managers in museums, archives, and
special collections in their efforts to assign preservation priority and definition of need to
their photographic, loose paper, and book media holdings. This program will also integrate
and refine the audiovisual coverage of its predecessor, the
Planning for an Energy Efficient and Sustainable HVAC System at the University of Illinois,
Archives Research Center (2010-2011)
The University of Illinois Library and Archives in partnership with the University of
Illinois Facilities and Services Engineering Services Engineering Design (ESED) Sustainability
Coordinator successfully submitted a
National Endowment for the Humanities
Sustaining Cultural Heritage
planning grant to analyze the existing climate control system for Archives Research Center
(ARC), as well as evaluate the performance characteristics of the storage vault area to develop a
plan for improved operation, effectiveness and energy efficiency. Planning for the
installation of a fire suppression system has also been included. This planning grant is a critical step towards improving the preservation of
one of the most valuable and unique collections held by the University of Illinois Libraries, which
is currently stored in a less-than-ideal environment with no available fire suppression.
Connecting to Collections State Wide Planning Grant Partner for Illinois (2009-2010)
The University of Illinois Library's Preservation program was a leader in the Institute for
Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
to Collections initiative. As a partner, we played a leadership role in the trial
formation of the
Illinois Collections Preservation
Network, a group of museum, library and archives professionals from around the state interested
in furthering preservation education and awareness around the state. In late 2010, the ICPN
submitted an implementation grant to the IMLS for start-up funding. Decisions on that grant
program are still pending.
The ICPN is now offering scholarships to all members (membership details
here) seeking further skills or
professional development, through a wide array of preservation and collection management courses.
Members are encouraged to apply for a $500 scholarship to the Campbell Center for Historic
Preservation Studies. The scholarship can be applied to any Campbell Center workshop.
Click to view Campbell Center's
courses. For more information about an ICPN Scholarship and application instructions,
Campbell Center web
(AVSAP) – Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS), this project will provide assessors with basic guidelines
on reformatting and rehousing needs, long-term storage and the potential ability for the
reformatted media to be mounted on the Internet.
Funded by the Save America’s Treasures grant program, this grant is providing the Library with
the resources needed to preserve the personal papers, literary manuscripts, photographs, and
library of this unique American figure.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as a collaborative grant to the Committee on
Institutional Cooperation (CIC), this grant is providing resources to preserve two
significant serials emblematic of American railroading history.
Statewide Preservation Needs Assessment
With funds from the Illinois State Library, the University Library engaged a consultant to
complete a statewide preservation needs assessment. Please see the
report and the