The purpose of this award is to provide digitization and training services to an institution with a significant scholarly resource who is lacking the technical, physical, or human resources needed to complete digitization and/or host the resulting digital collection. The chosen collection will be digitized and published electronically as part of the MDL Collections. The award is open to all institutions within the state of Mississippi whose proposed collection fits the eligibility requirements. Applicants need not be an academic library; public libraries, museums, historical societies, research centers, or any other cultural heritage institutions are welcome to apply.
Any institution located within the state of Mississippi may be considered for the award regardless of political, religious, or other affiliation if they are willing to become an MDL partner and meet the collection and project requirements (additional information may be found in the award documentation). All projects must address the copyright status of the materials to be digitized. It is not necessary to secure the appropriate permissions for materials prior to submitting a project proposal, however a detailed plan must be included with the application concerning how copyright permissions will be handled.
All projects must be able to be completed within the week designated for digitization, or an estimated 80 hours. There is no size or quantity limit regarding materials, however an overview of the materials and the time required to digitize them must be included with the application. Time guidelines may be found in the award documentation.
Additional requirements may need to be satisfied prior to digitization including, but not limited to, metadata creation. No experience is necessary; training will be provided to the winning institution if needed. It is not necessary to fulfill these requirements prior to applying, however a plan for requirement completion must be included with the proposal.
Please contact the MDL before applying with any questions regarding eligibility, content, or material appropriateness.
Applications, proposals, and any additional information must be completed in full and submitted by email or postmarked no later than 4 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 31, 2014. The award documentation and application may be downloaded from the links below or requested from the MDL staff.
Please note, while the MDL staff will be available to answer questions regarding eligibility, content, material appropriateness, or the applications process, they will not be able to proofread or comment on draft proposals.
Nicole Lawrence: firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.266.6864
Lisa Jones: Lisa.R.Jones@usm.edu or 601.266.4244