Library Receives Preservation Grant

The Beverly Public Library is pleased to announce the recent award of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $21,830.00 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The library, in partnership with the Beverly City Clerk’s Office, First Parish Church, and First Baptist Church, plan to fund preservation of library and archival materials.

Ruth Urell, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC, congratulates this year’s awarded libraries. “It’s clear from the high quality of their proposals that a lot of hard work and careful analysis of local needs went into the preparation of the grants,” she said. “The ideas and creativity expressed in these exciting and innovative projects will lead to outstanding results that benefit local communities throughout Massachusetts.”

In 2016, Beverly was awarded a Town-Wide Preservation Assessment Grant, providing the services of a Preservation Specialist to each partner. Needs identified in the preservation assessment reports, and prioritized by community partners, include:

  • the digitization and preservation of records used for genealogical purposes
  • properly storing/rehousing special collections
  • the comprehensive surveying of archival records, and
  • preserving items of unique and/or historical value.

Support from the Beverly Community Preservation grant will preserve historic library circulation records, re-frame three Will Barnet artist proofs, catalog and properly store valuable manuscripts, digitize and preserve vital records, and properly store church archives to prevent deterioration. Work will be ongoing during 2018.

Libraries use LSTA grants from the MBLC in a variety of ways, including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to under served populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents. In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth Catalog, and MA State Libraries, which provides information and resources for residents.

LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. Find more information about LSTA here.

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