The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and its partners the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) a National Leadership Grant for the project ”In Good Faith:  Collection Care, Preservation, and Access is Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries.” A report on the project’s main activity, a survey on preservation and collections care issues at small libraries and archives based at theological and religious studies organizations, is now available.
 
Key findings of the survey included:
  • A lack of policies for preservation and digitization, although the number of organizations which include preservation in their mission statements and those with collection policies was high;
  • The need to develop disaster plans, digital collection plans and policies, and environmental monitoring and control procedures;
  • A need to conduct preservation needs assessment surveys of collections, policies, and buildings; 
  • A strong need to improve overall financial and staff support for preservation at institutions with budgets below $100,000;
  • Expanding capacity for collection processing, cataloging and finding aid development to increase discoverability of collections and their usage is also a strong need.
ATLA Executive Director Brenda Bailey-Hainer noted, “This collaborative effort reached a wide array of library and archival institutions in theological and religious studies communities, and we were able to learn about preservation needs from many of the smaller organizations in the field.  ATLA, CLA, and AJL will continue to work together to provide information, education, and support to help these organizations build preservation programs that address the identified needs.”
 
 
For a hard copy of the report, please e-mail your address to memberrep@atla.com.