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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