Scholarly Communications provides support for many different aspects, from the most traditional to the newest, of the preservation and conservation of library and archival materials.  The program has recently funded a broad range of initiatives including the training of book and paper conservators at the graduate level, the development of software tools and methods in digital forensics for use by archivists dealing with born-digital archival materials, Web archiving projects, and assessments of large audiovisual collections.  Current priorities are to support:

  • preservation of analog audio and audiovisual collections in at-risk media
  • preservation of born-digital archives, Web-based materials, including scholarly publications, and other digital materials crucial to the scholarly record

The program's emphasis is on those projects that develop and disseminate new methods, standards, and best practices that will be widely applicable.