Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project Awarded GRAMMY Foundation® Grant
UCSB's Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the GRAMMY Foundation® to continue our digitization efforts.
Many of our frequent users have have noticed the growing number of cylinders that have been cataloged but have no links for audio over the past 18 months or so. We haven't had a full-time digitizing technician since the end of the IMLS grant in 2006 so the backlog has been growing steadily since then. This grant won't quite eliminate the backlog (which is over 1,000 cylinders and keeps growing), but it will make a significant dent.
As you might imagine, the budget tightening going on everywhere is also affecting the University of California system, so our goal of hiring a full time digitizing technician is pretty much off the table right now. Until the situation improves we will need to rely on grants and private donations so a big thank you to the GRAMMY Foundation for stepping up to the plate and supporting this project!
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