Contact: Jeannette Bastian
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Simmons GSLIS Receives $138K Grant from National Historic Publications
and Records Commission (NHPRC)

BOSTON (March 1, 2010)  The Simmons College Graduate School of  
Library and
Information Science (GSLIS) has received a grant of $138,182 from the  
National Historic
Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the project "Building  
an Archives &
Preservation Digital Curriculum Laboratory.

Through this NHPRC grant and an IMLS grant received in 2009, GSLIS  
will build a digital
curriculum laboratory to enhance archives and preservation education.  
The Lab will enable
students, educators and researchers to learn, instruct and experiment  
with digital materials in a
digital environment. Goals built into this grant include building the  
infrastructure of the lab, and
producing learning modules.

The Simmons Archives and Preservation Digital Curriculum Lab will be a  
controlled digital
space providing integrated access to digital content, content tools,  
curriculum-based scenarios,
and workspaces. Students will have opportunities to experiment with  
and implement a range of
digital archival and preservation procedures from record creation  
through preservation and
delivery. The Lab will allow educators and students to evaluate and  
gain practical experience
with current software and standards and a variety of open source  
content management systems.

Curriculum development specialists from Yale University and Tufts  
University will work in
conjunction with GSLIS faculty on scenarios and learning modules. The  
scenarios will be tested
and evaluated in the archives education programs of New York  
University, the University of
Wisconsin at Milwaukee and by students of Simmons College.

NHPRC, the grant-making arm of the National Archives and Records  
Administration (NARA),
supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and  
encourage the use of documentary
sources relating to the history of the United States.

The nationally ranked Simmons GSLIS (www.simmons/gslis) is one of the  
oldest and largest
library and information science programs in the nation. It is also  
ranked as one of the top 10
Archives/Preservation Management programs in the country by U.S. News  
& World Report.


Jennifer Doyle '98LS
Director of GSLIS Curriculum and Communications
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-521-2738
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