Archive for the ‘Grants’ Category

UCLA Library Partners with CLIR on New Data Curation Fellowships

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The UCLA Library is partnering with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) on a new data curation fellowship program.  Funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the program will provide recent PhDs with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the natural and social sciences.

An expansion of CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Academic Libraries, which the UCLA Library has participated in for a number of years, this new fellowship is designed to develop highly skilled, knowledgeable specialists through during two-year postdoctoral fellowships. The aim is to create scholarly practitioners who understand not only the nature and processes of their own disciplines but also how research data is organized, transmitted, and manipulated. Other partner institutions are Indiana University, Lehigh University, McMaster University, Purdue University, and the University of Michigan.

Further information and position descriptions are available at Applicants must have received a PhD in a discipline no more than five years before applying (i.e., after April 1, 2007). All work toward the degree, including dissertation defense and final dissertation editing, must be completed before starting the fellowship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, but no later than June 30, 2012.


IMLS Grant for the Next Generation Sheet Music Consortium

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The UCLA Library has received a National Leadership Grant of $249,342 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the creation of the “Next Generation” Sheet Music Consortium. The project will be led by the UCLA Digital Library Program in collaboration with our partners at the Indiana University Digital Library Program and will include participation by staff of several units within the UCLA Library, including the Cataloging and Metadata Center and Library Information Technology. Metadata and technical development activities will be divided between UCLA and Indiana University.

During the grant period, – November 2009 to October 2011,-  the UCLA Library and Indiana University (IU) Library will develop tools and services to meet the needs of both data providers (libraries, museums, historical societies, and other curators of sheet music collections) and users of sheet music (musicologists, performers, cultural and art historians, etc.) as identified from several needs assessments carried out during an earlier IMLS planning grant. Tools and services developed in the project will enable institutions with limited technical knowledge (e.g. public libraries, smaller college libraries, museums, etc.) to participate in the metadata aggregation service of the Sheet Music Consortium ( and will provide users with a richer set of services, including the ability to contribute structured metadata to the collection, write annotations, and link to related materials of interest across consortium collections. In addition, cataloging guidelines and tools will be developed to support and encourage standardized descriptive practices and facilitate merging and downloading of metadata records from the consortium’s Web site.

The two main thrusts of the project – the lowering of barriers to participation by organizations with fewer resources, and the provision of metadata tools for both end users and collection builders- have the potential to position the Consortium as a major resource for all types of sheet music users.

About the Consortium

The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using the Open Archives Initiative: Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI:PMH) and the development of a rich set of innovative services as a test bed for digital library development. Current members include UCLA, which hosts Consortium services, Indiana University, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins University.

Collecting Los Angeles To Be Launched

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

I’m delighted to announce that the Library is about to launch its first project made possible by the recent gift from the Arcadia Fund. “Collecting Los Angeles” will gather, preserve, interpret, and make accessible collections documenting the remarkable multiplicity of cultures and at-risk hidden history of this region.

Joining us as curator of this new initiative will be Susan Anderson, an accomplished historian, author, editor, and project manager. Susan received her BA from Scripps College and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School. She has consulted for the California State Parks Foundation and the California Endowment, taught at Pitzer College, and curated a statewide touring exhibition on the California African-American community of Allensworth. Most recently, Susan has served as the Managing Director of the “LA as Subject” program at the USC Libraries.

This new project will accomplish numerous goals, including transforming the way we engage with local communities, which not only supports our collection building but also aligns us with Chancellor Block’s goal of civic engagement; enabling us to develop multiple new connections among existing collections and attract new audiences to their use; and offering a new model of the collection development specialist as curator. Susan will join the Special Collections staff, and her first day will by July 27.

Please join me in welcoming Susan to UCLA, and look for further details of this exciting new initiative.

The UCLA Library Moodle Widget

Friday, May 15th, 2009

The UCLA Library Moodle Widget: Information Driven by Context

Library innovation and development continues to be recognized by our campus partners. The UCLA Library proposal to fast-track development of a Library Moodle Widget was one of 10 proposals funded recently by the Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE) Standards and Practices Group [S&PG]. The goal of the UCLA Library Moodle Widget is to sharpen the focus of library resources by suggesting resources based on the course context. The CCLE grant for the Library Moodle Widget provides funding for the development of core widget functionality, interface development, and user testing. Part of the functionality set will include such resources as: course specific reserves, suggested article databases and eJournals, CLICC laptop availability, and library help topics, all conveniently packaged in the concise widget form factor. The Library’s proposal was funded at $21,601. The time frame for completion of the Library Moodle Widget is approximately 6 months

The proposals for funded Moodle projects are open for review at:

Arcadia Fund Gift Received

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

I am pleased to announce that the UCLA Library has received the largest single gift for collections in its history, $5 million from the Arcadia Fund. We’re planning to use it to support our efforts to further develop, preserve, and make accessible our world-class collections. On behalf of the Library staff and our many users, I want to express our thanks to Arcadia for this extraordinary gift, which opens up virtually unlimited possibilities for transformational changes in our collections and the services that support them.

The news release may be found at:

Library receives Mellon grant

Monday, August 18th, 2008

We’ve just announced that the UCLA Library received a $750,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to catalog some 55,000 rare books. Needless to say, we’re thrilled, and I hope the students and scholars who will soon have access to the records of these rare and unique volumes will be as well. Details are in the press release in the UCLA Newsroom.