UNC Partner Libraries Receive Major Grant to Preserve and Share UNC System Print Book Collection

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thirteen UNC System libraries, including UNCW’s Randall Library, have been awarded a $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant for creating an infrastructure for long-term preservation of books as part of a shared collection project. Supported by federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the grant works to help libraries strengthen the collection capacity within the state.
“This project will allow us to refine our collection to free up library space for students while not losing access to valuable research,” said Jeanne Cross, Randall Library’s coordinator of collection development. “Furthermore, by getting a holistic view of UNC partner monograph collections, we can see where we are duplicating content unnecessarily. With this knowledge, we can use funds in more targeted ways.”
With this grant funding, Randall Library will prepare and contribute collection information for analysis, then commit to keeping certain print monographic titles, protecting important and rare research within North Carolina. Partner libraries in this effort are Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, NC A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University.
“I am very pleased to be working on a collaborative project with other university libraries in the state,” said Cross. “Getting this grant funded for a broad collection analysis will open many collaborative collection possibilities.”
Advancing research and scholarly activities and continuing state-sponsored support for the university’s educational outcomes are key priorities of UNCW’s Strategic Plan.
This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18).