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What is Your Library Doing for MayDay?

New from Heritage Preservation:

What is your library doing for MayDay? Cultural Institutions have set aside May 1st, to participate in MayDay, a national effort to prepare for disasters. Any library can participate by taking one step toward protecting your books, records, art & artifacts, and buildings.

Heritage Preservation is collecting examples of creative but practical measures to increase disaster preparedness to share online. This year, any institution submitting a MayDay story will be entered in a drawing for disaster supplies donated by Gaylord Brothers. Four winners will be announced on June 1, the beginning of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. Brief descriptions of 2009 MayDay plans or accomplishments should be submitted to by May 22, 2009, to be eligible for prizes.

Preservation Assistance Grant Applications Now Available from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions, such as museums, historical societies, archival repositories, libraries, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6,000 support preservation-related collection assessments, consultations, training and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Grants cover consultant fees, workshop registration fees, related travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment.

The 2009 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 14, 2009. All applications to the NEH must be submitted through See the application guidelines for details.

For further information contact Michele Stricker at